Chilled sea turtles head south for a warm up A sea turtle looks over its enclosure at the NOAA Fisheries Service Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas. At left, NOAA research fishery biologist Lyndsey Howell places a rescued sea turtle in an enclosure (AP photos)
Chilled sea turtles head south for a warm up
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Dozens of sick sea turtles have been flown to Galveston, Texas. The turtles are being treated for hypothermia.

The 50 Kemp's ridley sea turtles are an endangered species. They were shocked by cold temperatures in the waters off New England. The turtles were rescued from the beaches of Cape Cod, Mass.

The group arrived at the Galveston Sea Turtle Facility. The turtles will be slowly warmed to a safe temperature. They will be treated for infections, frostbite and other health problems.

"They're not in great shape," program manager Ben Higgins said.

Cold-stunned turtles don't drown. They do stop moving and eating. Eventually, they wash ashore where they often die. The beaching is an annual event. But more turtles have washed ashore this year than in previous years, Higgins said.

Since Nov. 3, more than 1,000 turtles have been beached in Massachusetts. More than half of them were rescued. The number of turtles has overwhelmed the resources of the New England Aquarium in Boston. It usually treats the beached turtles.

Besides Galveston, the aquarium has sent turtles to more than a dozen other U.S. rehabilitation centers.

"We're always here and available. And always have space to deal with large sea turtle events," Higgins said.

This is not the first time the sea turtle center in Galveston has rendered aid to turtles. Once was in 2010, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Once the turtles recover at the Galveston center, they will be released offshore. That's expected to happen next spring.

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COMMENTS (11)
  • TrinityO-Mau
    12/15/2014 - 11:31 a.m.

    I feel so sad for them.But now i'm happy because they are not sick.

  • NoahH-Mau
    12/15/2014 - 11:34 a.m.

    They treated the sea turtles in Texas.
    They got slowly warmed to a safe tamp.
    The turtles had a oli spill.

  • jamesm-Wre
    12/16/2014 - 10:31 a.m.

    I think it's sad that the sea turtles are getting frostbite and are washing up on shore more than any other year.

  • ryan0420-yyca
    12/17/2014 - 09:27 p.m.

    I think that it is very sad the turtles have hypothermia. I think it is very sad because the turtles can go extinct like that. Also how do they warm up the turtle that already has hypothermia and is about to die. If the turtles are in trouble are the other turtles indanger . why dont the cold stunned turtles drown when they cant move. I think the turtles are going to die faster when people take them because they get scared. I suggest the people should take any turtle out of the the ocean they see to save them.

  • kiera17-Bla
    12/18/2014 - 12:45 p.m.

    i love turtles they are my favorite animal when i saw this i was so HAPPY










    By: Turtlelover

  • kiera17-Bla
    12/18/2014 - 12:46 p.m.

    i love turtles they are my favorite animal when i saw this i was so HAPPY










    By: Turtlelover

  • pat19-Bla
    12/18/2014 - 01:00 p.m.

    that is one of the cutest turtle in the world.i would love to work with turtles.how many kinds of turtles are there in the USA.

  • JackS-4
    12/19/2014 - 11:34 a.m.

    In Gavelston, Texas, dozens of sea turtles have been flown to their aquatic center. The turtles are being treated for Hypothermia after being beached in New England. The turtles have also been sent to other sea life rehabilitation centers.

    It is good that people care so much about wildlife. That people will pay money to make sure that sea turtles are healthy in the Wild is great.

  • Lillianr-Cla
    5/18/2015 - 08:43 p.m.

    once again on the animal section of all the articles on this website!anyway sea turtles or any type of turtle is now my favorite animal,wait actually i don't have a favorite animal they are all my favorite.anyway back to the article these sea turtles have been beached (over 1,000 sea turtles)and half were rescued!#yay!TURTLES now on to the next article and the quiz for "Chilled sea turtles head south for a warm up. "

  • william1108-yyca
    9/03/2015 - 09:17 p.m.

    WOW! It is sad that some turtles are sick. But know that people are helping them they will be fine.

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