BOSTON - Unless you're visiting the New England Aquarium, it's not likely you'll come across a turtle in Boston, not unless you visit the turtles that are part of the animal sculptures scattered around the city. One such turtle can be found in the Beacon Hill neighborhood's Myrtle Street Playground, which boasts a four foot tall bronze sculpture of a sea turtle. Known affectionately and linguistically as Myrtle the Turtle, she quickly became one of the staples of the playground on Myrtle Street. That is, until June rolled around and the sun began to bear down far too strongly the Myrtle Street Playground. Now, Myrtle has to go into hibernation.
Myrtle has, for the summer, been covered in tarp. With the sun bringing more and more direct sunlight with each passing day, Myrtle was beginning to become "superheated", making her surface scalding to the touch. And because she made her home at a playground, many children who played on Myrtle came away with burns.
The first complaint recorded Myrtle as being over 130 degrees in temperature. The parent said it was dangerous and called for Myrtle's complete removal. However, Myrtle is still a beloved figure and may not be disposed of just yet. Ryan Woods, the spokesman for the local parks department, reported that they have not yet decided if Myrtle will be removed or will remain covered.
Yes, we have to think of the children, but we also have to think of the turtles. I'm sure Myrtle, as a cold-blooded reptile, didn't enjoy being that overheated either.