LIVE TURTLE AND MARINE LIFE WEBCAM
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- Location: New England Aquarium, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Source: www.neaq.org
- Info: Live turtle and marine life webcam at the Giant Ocean Tank Exhibit of the New England Aquarium in Boston. As well as turtles, there are moray eels, barracuda and lots of colourful fish typically found on a coral reef. The Giant Ocean Tank displays around 1,000 fish from about 100 species.
More info: The webcam is located at the Giant Ocean Tank and shows examples of marine life typically found at a Caribbean coral reef. There are sea turtles, stingrays, eels, and lots of colourful fish. At its deepest point, the Giant Ocean Tank goes down 23 feet. It is 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of salt water.
The coral in the Giant OceanTank is made of fibreglass and resin but is very detailed and the corals shown have been moulded from actual coral skeletons to give a realistic view of how a Caribbean reef would appear in nature.
There are around 1,000 fish in the Giant Ocean Tank from about 100 different species. Many of the most numerous fish in the exhibit are raised through a larval fish rearing program at the New England Aquairum which also partners to raise fish with many different institutions.
The green sea turtle in the Giant Ovean Tank is called Myrtle – she arrived at the aquartium 50 years ago from another aquarium which was closing down. She weighs around 550 pounds. The two two loggerhead sea turtles are rescued turtles which were stranded on Cape Cod decades ago during a “cold-stunning” event. They stay at the aquarium for various reasons that require special care, including poor eyesight and neurological damage.
Feeding times at the Giant Ocean Tank are daily at 10am and 3 pm local time.
Each feeding dive, there are different species targeted to feed. After the dives and surface feedings, the team takes meticulous notes and enters their observations in a database to keep track of all the animals’ diets and health records.
The sharks and many of the other larger predators are target trained by the Giant Ocean Tanks aquarists. This means that they participate in a particular feeding method to make sure they are receiving all of the nutrients they need which means they are not motivated to go after their exhibit-mates like they would have to in the wild to survive.