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The Big Freeze leads to discovery of 200 cold-stunned turtles

Volunteer teams sent to rescue animals from cold
Cold-stunned sea turtles turning up after frigid temperatures
Posted at 10:23 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 16:23:22-05

MORE THAN 200 COLD-STUNNED TURTLES FOUND IN TEXAS — More than 200 sea turtles were found cold-stunned in Texas today.

The Padre Island National Seashore Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery has deployed teams of walking volunteers who are surveying the North Padre Island coastline looking for cold-stunned turtles who have washed ashore or are found floating in the Laguna Madre Bay.

These cold-stunned turtles have been documented, checked for identifying tags and then transported to local rehabilation centers including the Texas State Aquarius, the Texas Sealife Center and the Animal Rehabiliation Keep (ARK) at UT Marine Science Institute.

Recovered cold stunned turtles were documented, checked for identifying tags, and quickly transported to local rehabilitation centers, including the Texas State Aquarium , Texas Sealife Center , and Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at UT Marine Science Institute.

With the weather expected to remain cold for at least the next 24-48 hours, officials expect to find many more cold-stunned turtles in Texas, in increasingly worse health, as the water and air temperatures are expected to remain cold.

If you find a cold stunned or stranded sea turtle, please contact PINS at: 361-949-8173 ext. 266, or the after hours number at 361-876-8462.

You can also call the Texas Turtle Hotline at 1-866-Turtle-5, option 6 for reports at Padre Island National Seashore, including North Padre Island.