New England Aquarium

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Top of Mind: Myrtle the Turtle

The New England Aquarium was only a year old when it acquired a green sea turtle 40 years ago this month. While the aquarium (and Boston itself) has undergone many changes since then, Myrtle the Turtle’s constant presence has made her a local icon, with 1.3 million visitors a year, more than 1,200 Facebook fans, and a coterie of handlers who manage her affairs. No wonder she’s earned the nickname “Queen of the Giant Ocean Tank.”