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Volunteers Rescued Over 800 Baby Sea Turtles From Storm Drains With A Homemade Doohickey

Over 800 baby sea turtles were recently pulled from storm drains by Ocean City, New Jersey volunteers.

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The rescuers regularly scout out the area in the springtime, searching for animals in need of saving, in efforts to help the animals cross the road, as they have troubles getting up the curb. The curb isn’t the only huge obstacle for the quarter-sized babies, they also tend to slip through the cracks of storm drains.

Now the rescued reptiles are safely housed at Stockton University.

According to Stockton University:

“In the past few weeks, Stockton University’s Vivarium has welcomed 826 diamondback terrapin hatchlings that hid from the winter temperatures underground in their nest chambers…

These spring emergers that survived for months off of their yolk sacs were scooped out of storm drains in Ocean City, N.J.”

Since the baby turtles were trapped inside the drains, the volunteers had to be innovative and crafted a scoop in order to safely free the animals.

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“They crafted a custom scooper from a telescopic aquarium net attached to a bamboo pole and are pleased with how their invention works.”

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#WildlifeWednesday: In the past few weeks, Stockton University's Vivarium has welcomed 8️⃣2️⃣6️⃣ Diamondback terrapin 🐢...

Posted by Stockton University on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Are you in turtle awe of these volunteers?!

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Written by Abigale Racine