World Sea Turtle Day! Video shows day in the life of a popular sea turtle at the aquarium

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) –World Sea Turtle Day is Thursday, and the Audubon Aquarium is celebrating in a most special way.

Staffers at the aquarium strapped a GoPro camera onto King Mydas, the popular giant green turtle, and gave us all an incredible look into a typical day inside the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit.

“We wanted to film part of his day from his perspective,” said Tom Dyer, the aquarium’s senior aviculturist.

The turtle’s caretakers used a plastic mesh and Velcro to attach the camera to Mydas. They said it didn’t appear to bother him while swimming through his giant home.

Almost all species of sea turtles are considered endangered thanks to a host of man-made and natural challenges, according to the Audubon Nature Institute.