Farting turtle sets alarm bells ringing

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A flatulent turtle at a British public aquarium caused problems over Christmas as it set off an alarm with its farts.

A Christmas treat of brussel sprouts led to the turtle at the Weymouth Sealife Centre developing flatulence which set the aquarium's alarm bells off, says the Daily Record.

Marine biologist Sarah Leaney told the Daily Record that she rushed into the aquarium after an alarm sounded to indicate that the water level was dangerously high. "Sprouts are a really healthy choice for sea turtles..."Leaney said: "When I got there, all seemed fine. I looked at the tube containing the sensor and saw a turtle beneath it.

"As I watched, a few large bubbles emerged from beneath him and rose to the surface next to the tube. Straight away, I realised what must have happened.

"We like to give all our animals a treat at Christmas and sprouts are a really healthy choice for sea turtles.

"But they do produce similar side-effects to those experienced by humans who eat too many sprouts."