Mark that is a very large watermelon! It it weren't for the slight deformity on the end it would be a MONSTER! Speaking of which, I've had an abnormal number of deformed melons this year myself. I've often heard its a pollination issue but that just makes no sense to me. I've always thought either a melon gets pollinated and develops, or it doesn't and the flower just dies. I don't see how it could be "partly pollinated" and that cause deformity. Isn't that like being a little bit pregnant? But I'm open minded- if anyone can explain how pollination issues can cause deformity, I'd enjoy learning it. Also like to hear other theories on the cause of deformities.
But Mark, don't let my talk of "deformities" in any way take away from your melon. It's a very large melon that anyone would be proud of, and more importantly- the shape doesn't affect the taste!!!!! (unless its EXTREME). So nice going. Being late didn't seem to hurt you one bit! BTW, how many plants and how many melons do you have?