In an exhaustive 24-hour effort that spanned the entire night and ended on Sunday morning, more than 2,200 previously cold-stunned sea turtles have been released into the open ocean at the Gulf of Mexico.
On South Padre Island, Texas, volunteers rescued more than 5,000 turtles stunned from the cold waters. Their species have been severely threatened by the record-cold temperatures in the state. Turtles become “cold stunned” when water temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Their heart rates drop, and they become unable to swim or keep their heads above water to breathe.
“Sea turtles return home!
Sea turtles that were in jeopardy from the severe cold weather are being returned to the Gulf today.Sea Turtle, Inc
led the efforts to rehabilitate the cold-stunned turtles while dealing with electricity complications from the cold snap. The community of South Padre Island and the Rio Grande Valley rallied at a time of urgency, with thousands of citizens volunteering to help with the largest rescue event in recorded history.” the Texas Parks and Wildlife posted on Twitter.
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