Cold-stunned turtles heading to local aquariums

Frigid waters stranded 93 sea turtles along the beaches of Florida’s east coast on Jan. 7, 2010. The Florida Aquarium Animal Rescue Team rescued 6 to 8 of sea turtles. They will board and rehabilitate the creatures until the waters warm up.

The Florida Aquarium Animal Rescue Team will rescue six to eight of sea turtles. They will board and rehabilitate the creatures until the waters warm up.

“There’s not anything wrong with them,” Florida Aquarium spokesmanTom Wagner said. “We just need to warm them up.”

The sea turtles are “cold stunned” said Jeni Hatter, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which is also helping with the rescue efforts.

Because the sea turtles are cold-blooded reptiles (they do not maintain a regular body temperature) they take on the temperature around them and go into a somewhat state of shock.

Read full story HERE.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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