Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Being Rescued off South Texas Coast

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Close to four dozen sea turtles that were stunned by the extremely cold weather in Texas have been rescued along the South Texas coast. Donna Shaver, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, explained that the cold-stunned turtles become incapacitated and float to the surface in shallow water. If they weren’t rescued, their lives could be endangered by boats or predators.

She further explained to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that by Tuesday afternoon (January 2) over 40 of the turtles had been recovered by individuals that were walking along the shoreline or by people in boats. Along with the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas State Aquarium, a team from San Antonio’s Sea World, and other organizations have joined in the effort. Upon rehabilitation, the rescued turtles will be released in deeper and warmer waters.

“Our teams are working so hard right now,” Shaver said. “Some of them are out in the water on boats, where the wind chill is frigid, while others are walking along the shoreline in search of the turtles. We appreciate all of them…When we find live cold-stunned sea turtles in the water, there is a good chance that they will survive,” Shaver noted.