Texas Game Wardens Release Sea Turtles Back Into The Gulf Of Mexico

Violet Powell
January 8, 2018

This year's cold snap doesn't compare to 2010 when rescuers saved more than 2,000 sea turtles.

"It's been insane, with lots and lots of long hours for our staff - some of the staff actually has been sleeping in the facility", she added. "That's similar to what happens to the turtles and then they wash up on shore or they just float at the surface of the water", Julie Cavin, a Gulf World Marine Institute senior veterinarian, said.

Temperatures are expected to rise this week, which means that the rescued turtles could be released back into the ocean by Friday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says they've already rescued almost 100 turtles so far.

The refuge manager at Laguna Atascosa said conditions yesterday morning were far better than the previous two days, when his crew had to fight low temperatures and high winds in the Laguna Madre.

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Photos of lifeless sea turtles near the Texas shoreline appeared on social media over the past week thanks to an arctic blast throughout the south. When water temperatures fall below 50 degrees, the turtles can become stunned.

Cpl. Stephen Kelly rescued several sea turtles who were stunned by the cold Gulf water temperatures.

"[Turtles] get so weak that their body simply shuts down", George explained.

Turtles will be released at Malaquite Beach on the Padre Island National Seashore, where entrance fees will be waived for those attending the turtle release, according to a news release.

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