Of the 3 turtles, the one who hatched first (who we named Kraken) seemed to be the dominate force in the tank. He would often take to chasing us through the glass when we would come near the tank and was always the first to arrive in the feeding area when the tank lid would open. He displayed a high level of awareness and sometimes staggering intelligence.
One of the other two (Gamera) seemed to like to hitch rides on the back of Kraken whenever he could get away with it. But he frequently took a beatdown for doing such. He didn't seem to realize when it was feeding time, and I'd often have to coerce him to the feeding area by prodding him gently with the feeding tweezers.
The last of the three (Gojira) was a loner. He would avoid contact with the other two and often couldn't be forced to move out of his spot in the corner when it was feeding time.
The three lived in relative peace for about a month, until their personalities started to clash. Kraken would not leave the other two in peace for even a moment. With constant head biting, food stealing, and overall bullying, we knew it was time to set Gamera and Gojira free back into the lake. So we brought them down to the water in a couple of cups and let them loose in the water. We hope that they made it out okay, but we knew that we needed to focus our full attention on the little terror that we decided to keep: Kraken.
More play-by-play and tips for raising your own blood-thirsty beaked reptilian killing machine to come in the next few days!
For now, here's a picture of Kraken shortly after he was born:
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