OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH)-- Mystic Aquarium has joined in on an innovative way to try and document the habits of snapping turtles.
The next time you're at your favorite lake or pond, you may want to avoid one of those prehistoric creatures. They have a camera on the little guy's back and that's all to get his perspective while he's in the water.
A rare look at what a snapping turtle sees is all captured on the cameras attached to their shell.
"Memory card will record video for six to seven hours," said Ken Hodgdon.
Ken Hodgdon is a volunteer with national geographic critter cam program.
"This is actually surgical dissolving surgical thread so we don't leave any waste behind," said Hodgdon.
Mystic aquarium joined the effort along with Tributary Mill Conservancy, which keeps the turtles in the tanks until they're ready to be fitted for filming or rather digital taping.
"We can actually see their environment. We can see how they're utilizing their habitat. We can look at behavior," said Tracy Romano, Mystic Aquarium.
The underwater insight could keep these snappers snapping. The Aquarium also takes blood and nail samples from them.
After the camera records for six hours, it automatically releases.
"When the timer goes off the firing mechanism cuts the string and the camera just floats to the top," said Romano.
And it's up to these guys to find it.
"Often it can be difficult because of the thick vegetation in the pond that we release the turtles," said Max Conley, a volunteer.
This latest adventure is launched in Old Lyme's Norwich Pond.
"You see it through their eyes. You see what they see," said Romano.
The fifth turtle was released with a camera on his back. They put the turtles in different lakes and ponds so they can see the different habitats.
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