Endangered cold sea turtles flown from New England to Florida aquariums

Endangered cold sea turtles flown from New England to Florida aquariums

On Friday, the Coast Guard airplanes flew over two dozen endangered sea turtles distressed by cold waters along New England’s Cape Cod coast to a number of Florida aquariums, including SeaWorld Orlando and the Volusia County Marine Science Center.

According to a report from the Daytona Beach News Journal, 20 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles flown in from New England were taken to SeaWorld Orlando; while five huge loggerhead turtles were taken to the Volusia County Marine Science Center. In addition, some turtles were also taken to three other aquariums in Florida.

About shifting the sea turtles temporarily to the Florida aquariums, the spokesman of the New England Aquarium revealed that the number of endangered and federally protected sea turtles which have received treatment for cold stress has touched a record high this year.

Meanwhile, with regard to the mass standings of the cold sea turtles, SeaWorld said that since the weather in November was unusually warm, the migration of the turtles to warmer waters had got delayed. As such, when there was a sudden drop in the ocean temperatures, most of the turtles developed hypothermia and were washed ashore.

With the endangered cold sea turtles now having escaped the bitter cold, there recovery is currently underway at the Florida rehabilitation facilities; with the turtles to be returned to their natural New England habitats once the ocean waters become warm again.


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