Treme and Margeaux, a pair of endangered green sea turtles, are spending an unplanned winter vacation in New Orleans at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas after being rescued in December from the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
The turtles were victims of “cold-stunning,” when unexpected chilly weather dropped water temperatures in the two channels below 60 degrees, said Michele Kelley, a marine biologist with the aquarium and state coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program.
“It snapped too cold too quick, and in too shallow water for them to protect themselves,” Kelley said. Both turtles had typical symptoms of the turtle version of hypothermia — they were so lethargic they looked like they were floating dead in the water.
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