Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sea Turtles Endangered by the Cold Weathr

AAA Note: We just love our sea turtles and thought you'd be interested in this story as well.

93 stunned sea turtles rescued from chilly lagoon, Georgia Sea Turtle Center to house 10

Reposted from, article by Sara Camodeca

MERRITT ISLAND — Nearly 100 sea turtles found floating in the Mosquito Lagoon were rescued Wednesday after cold water shocked their tropically inclined systems.

The 93 “cold-stunned” turtles — all endangered green sea turtles, with the exception of one loggerhead — will be sent to research facilities today, where they can be cared for and warmed up, said Dorn Whitmore, chief ranger at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

With chilly winds and water temperatures dipping into the low 40s, the sea creatures became lethargic, rendering them helpless, Whitmore said. Three had been rescued Tuesday, he said.

“These turtles just kind of shut down,” said Whitmore, adding that most of those rescued were juveniles. “It’s important we launch rescue efforts to try and save them.”.....

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