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Shell-Shocked: Volunteers Rescue Thousands Of “Cold-Stunned” Texas Turtles

Normally in Texas, temperatures would be at comfortable 70 degrees. The polar blast in Texas has lowered temperatures to frigid degrees, leaving lots of sea life struggling to survive in unusually cold waters.

Sea Turtle Inc., a wildlife education and conservation non-profit, shares that sea turtles become “cold-stunned” whenever they are exposed to temperatures lower than 60 degrees. The creatures wash-up onshore, become lethargic, and are unable to move or eat. 

Volunteers with the non-profit organization stepped up to rescue more than 4,000 turtle lives. This was not an easy task, it has required the volunteers to work long hours during the storm and search for the stranded, helpless turtles in the region on-foot and by-boat.

As if the rescue mission wasn’t difficult enough, the volunteers and the organization encountered a major roadblock. The rescue center lost power at both of their locations, leaving the turtles without the heated water that they desperately need to survive.

Luckily, as reported by CBS News, a large generator was given to one of the organization’s locations by SpaceX, restoring the power to the facility and heating the waters for the turtles.

“We do not yet know if this was in time to save our patients in the hospital but this is a huge step forward…

This is what putting passion into action means and the service they provided us this morning will save countless turtles and will be something we are truly grateful for.”

Wendy Knight, Executive Director of Sea Turtle Inc.

Thank you to everyone who has been delivering sea turtles to us today! Safety is the #1 priority with search and rescue....

Posted by Sea Turtle, Inc on Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Written by Abigale Racine