Thursday getting you down? Take a few minutes and watch Lilo swim her way back to health via the Texas A&M Turtle Facility’s Turtle Cam! This is my kinda meditation.
Welcome Lilo to Texas A&M University at Galveston’s“Turtle Cam,” which monitors the small circular tank where Lilo glides around, occasionally eating shrimp and crab, for 24 hours a day. On Tuesday afternoon, 31 people were watching the stream, currently housed on Galveston.com, but soon to move over to the A&M’s website, as well. The stream has had more than 12,000 viewers.
A&M rehabilitates the turtles in the tanks like the one featured on the live stream. The turtles, most of which have spent time healing from illness or injuries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, a sort of sea turtle hospital, are put in the tanks and allowed to swim around until they regain their strength and grow less used to humans.
“We’re trying to get them back to their natural state where they’re fearful of people, or at least cognizant that this isn’t normal,” said Dr. Kimberly Reich, marine research facility manager at A&M
Lilo, and another small turtle nicknamed Stitch, were washed ashore with this summer’s endless wave of seaweed. The two spent about a month at the sea turtle facility before moving over to A&M’s tanks late last week. They’ll stay there through the winter, Reich said.
In 2012, the Turtle Cam hosted its first star: Milagro, a turtle, who had suffered a cracked carapace, damaged lungs, a missing right front flipper and portion of his shell. The turtle, who had been found by a couple of fishermen, also had pneumonia.
A growing online following watched as a recovering Milagro swam around his tank. He was release the day after Memorial Day.