Anyone who's clicked around on the internet has likely seen funny videos of little turtles getting their shell scratched by a toothbrush or their keeper's fingernails. In fact, turtles do have nerve endings in their shells and a scratch seems to feel good. Our big sea turtles are no exception! So the next time you visit and you see one of the turtles shimmying their shell under a finger of coral, now you'll know they're just enjoying a good back scratch.
Learn more about Myrtle on the Divers Blog.
- See a photo of her Merry Christmas back scratch
- Check out some beautiful pictures of Myrtle shot by photographer Esther Horvath
- Find out what Myrtle eats for her Thanksgiving feast
- Watch outtakes from Myrtle's TV campaign