Cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida

  • Cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida

Cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says they've already rescued almost 100 turtles so far. "Aggregated animals should not be disturbed, as this could cause them to leave the warm-water sites that help them cope with cold temperatures".

According to PINS, the public is invited to go see the release at noon on January 7, in front of the visitors center at PINS. Officials say the sea turtles can appear dead but they are often still alive.

Park entrance fees will be waived during the time of the release.

In Gulf County, Fla., sea turtles can be found in high numbers "cold-stunned" on the beach.

The turtles are some of the more than 700 cold-stunned turtles that were taken in by the aquarium in less than a week. Twelve have died so far, he said. When water temperatures fall below 50 degrees, the turtles can become stunned.

"We got our air boat back from a refuge that was borrowing it", he said of the shallow-draft vessel.

"They are cold-blooded animals, so their body temperature is the same temperature as their surroundings so they can not function and similar to when people are in a very cold environment and they sort of get sleepy".

In Florida, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued sea turtles and vulnerable manatees due to the unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts.

Some of the reptiles are brought to Sea Turtle Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to saving turtles on South Padre Island.