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Cold-stunned sea turtles returning to wild after freeze
Feb 09, 2011 | 390 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Hundreds of rare sea turtles stunned by the longest spate of sub-freezing days in decades in South Texas are to be returned to the wild today and tomorrow. As of this morning, more than 800 sea turtles had been rescued from freezing bays and beaches in Texas in the past three days, with more expected to be rescued today and tomorrow.

In past years for similar coastal freezes, cold-stunned sea turtles in Texas have typically been held in captivity to recuperate for weeks until sea water temperatures rose. But two factors have prompted Texas wildlife workers to return turtles to the wild faster. First, experts in Florida who’ve had similar recent experiences with cold-stunned turtles advised returning them to the water as soon as possible. Second, the sheer numbers of rescued turtles have overwhelmed available facilities, so that many are on floors or wrapped in blankets, and experts say it’s better for them to return to water.

“There is no doubt we saved these turtles’ lives; they would have perished in the cold if left on the bays and beaches,” said Donna Shaver.
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