Sharks live in fear of her.
She has appeared in TV commercials and movies.
Millions of people have taken pictures of her.
She has been the subject of research that has helped save thousands of her kind.
|Myrtle has a temporary new home. (Photo: D. Finks)|
At 560 pounds and 80-plus years old, Myrtle the green sea turtle is the grande dame of the New England Aquarium. She has ruled over the Giant Ocean Tank for the past four decades, but now her home is undergoing a nine-month, $17 million transformation. Myrtle had to be moved before work could begin. Biologists, veterinarians and divers at the Aquarium planned carefully how to move this powerful and piquant personality to her temporary home. Here is video of that successful transfer.
The move went off without a hitch, and now you can appreciate Myrtle's imposing presence from a whole new perspective in the penguin exhibit.