HOUSTON – A turtle named after J.J. Watt is getting notice from the former Houston Texans defensive end.
Watt retweeted an article written by KPRC 2 on Wednesday morning, commenting on the turtle rescue efforts by the Turtle Survival Alliance in the Houston-area.
“You got this, big guy,” he wrote on Twitter, adding several turtle emojis. “Hot Turtle Summer on deck.”
You got this big guy.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 12, 2021
Hot Turtle Summer on deck.
🐢 🐢 https://t.co/bmlTPlruGz
The turtle, who was named in honor of Watt, was the 99th alligator-snapping turtle to be captured, researched, and then released in the wild in an effort to save the ailing species in Houston’s bayous and waterways. The number gave inspiration to name the turtle in honor of the defensive end.
Turtle Survival Alliance, the organization that is part of the turtle rescue efforts responded to Watt’s retweet with an invitation to meet the turtle or a turtle similar to him.
“Thank you for sharing, @JJWatt!” they wrote on Twitter, “Let us know when you would like to meet JJ the Alligator Snapper, or another one like him in the Bayou, We will introduce you!”
Thank you for sharing @JJWatt ! Let us know when you would like to meet JJ the Alligator Snapper, or another like him in the Bayou, we will introduce you!— Turtle Survival (@TurtleSurvival) May 12, 2021
Social media, especially Twitter responded to ‘Hot Turtle Summer’ from JJ Watt:
You’ve made it when you have a turtle named after you! Any signings or run ins we can do in Wisco before u leave for AZ? Do u read any of these messages? pic.twitter.com/E2I1i0Yg1C— Sarah Myers (@Soccer_3_Mom) May 12, 2021
Look at him. Out here being fast.— WBW (@HUCosell) May 12, 2021