Suzie Fox directs the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and said this year has been the worst for saving turtles dying from the cold.
On Friday one lucky green turtle got a second chance at life, after being found by an Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteer.
Suzie Fox directs the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring organization. She said the organization has rescued 30 freezing turtles over the past two months, which is unusual since they normally do just a few a year.
On Friday morning she got up to walk her dogs, as she always does, but never got out the door to do so after getting an emergency call for a turtle rescue on the island.
“We start to have problems with the sea turtles when the water drops to temperatures in the 50’s,” Fox said. “Today we rescued a two-years-old green sea turtle. It was emaciated and it’s belly was concaved, and he had tumors around his neck.”
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