The prolonged freezing temps, down into the 20s, are causing these non-native reptiles to shut down, bringing their blood flow to a standstill which can kill them. Meanwhile farmers have scrambled to save strawberry fields and heat orange groves as icicles hang from the citrus orchards. Tourists bundle up, barely grateful it’s not below zero, like back home. So who’s wrapping Florida’s endangered sea turtles in Snugglies?
None other than SeaWorld. One hundred “cold-stunned” sea turtles (and counting), from Florida to North Carolina have been rounded-up by SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Center to provide shelter and warmth from the abnormally cold water temperatures. The cold-stun condition causes sea turtles to float to the surface as their metabolisms slow to a stop, making them susceptible to frostbite and infection.
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