Meet Myrtle the turtle 

BOSTON — The New England Aquarium has launched two live web cameras, offering the public a glimpse of the dedicated animal care that continues during the aquarium’s temporary public closure. 

Visitors to can now watch the residents of the Giant Ocean Tank and the African penguin colony from their personal devices 24 hours a day. The cameras are part of the Aquarium’s ongoing commitment to offer virtual educational programming while its doors are closed. 

The Giant Ocean Tank is a four-story habitat featuring a coral reef and about 1,000 Caribbean reef animals, including a sea turtle named Myrtle, stingrays, eels and sharks. The 200,000-gallon exhibit is 23 feet deep and 40 feet in diameter. 

The penguin colony, which surrounds the Giant Ocean Tank, is home to more than 70 southern rockhopper penguins and African penguins, where the live webcam is set up. All of the birds have names, with a small bracelet on their wings that helps the animal care team identify each one. 



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