Volunteers save tons of of turtles from freezing temperatures

Hundreds of sea turtles were rescued by volunteers at the South Padre Island Convention Center in Texas after freezing temperatures shocked the Gulf Coast. According to the Turtle Island Restoration Network, sea turtles rely on external sources of heat to maintain their body temperature. When the water temperatures reach 50 degrees or less, the turtles are coldly stunned. This means that they are more likely to be exposed to shock, pneumonia, frostbite, and possibly death. Currently, hundreds of sea turtles are kept in dry tubs where they slowly warm up until they can successfully migrate to warmer waters, officials at the convention center say. Hundreds more are expected to arrive at the facility later that evening. Sea Turtle, Inc. volunteers are helping save the turtles.

Hundreds of sea turtles were rescued by volunteers at the South Padre Island Convention Center in Texas after freezing temperatures shocked the Gulf Coast.

According to the Turtle Island Restoration Network, sea turtles rely on external sources of heat to maintain their body temperature. When the water temperatures reach 50 degrees or less, the turtles are coldly stunned. This means that they are more likely to be exposed to shock, pneumonia, frostbite, and possibly death.

Currently, hundreds of sea turtles are kept in dry tubs where they slowly warm up until they can successfully migrate to warmer waters, officials at the convention center say.

Hundreds more are expected to arrive at the facility later that evening. Sea Turtle, Inc. volunteers are helping save the turtles.

This content is imported from Facebook. You may find the same content in a different format, or you may find more information on the website.

Comments are closed.