UT streams turtle pond on Facebook Live for World Turtle Day

May 23, 2017
Deborah Cannon
A turtle is held while cleaning of the largest of the three pools at the Turtle Pond, near the tower at The University of Texas at Austin, takes place on Monday, June 9, 2014. The pond is being cleared of turtles by students, faculty and staff volunteers from the university's Texas Natural History Collection, and the College of Natural Sciences before undergoing a cleaning. The turtles will be housed at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory until draining and cleaning are complete then they will be moved back to the pond. The last major cleaning was held in 2002.

Ask any current or former student of the University of Texas and they’d tell you turtles could be an honorary runner-up mascot to the Longhorns.

Okay, maybe that’s just me. Since its creation in the 1930s, the turtle pond just north of the famous UT tower has provided a welcome stop for students and visitors to relax, nap or just reflect on life. 

In 2014, the American-Statesman reported the pond serves as a home for red-eared slider and Texas river cooter turtle species. At the time, more than 50 turtles occupied the space, some 30 to 40 years old. 

In celebration of World Turtle Day, which brings awareness to turtles, tortoises and their threatened habitats, the university is showing off its shelled friends on a Facebook live stream. 

And if seeing those turtles swim and sunbathe makes you want to get more involved, the nonprofit group Turtle Survival Alliance is hosting an event tonight at County Line on the Lake benefiting turtle conservation efforts.

Watch the cuteness below: