Sea Turtles Recovering From Winter Chill


POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 8:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 8:37am

More than 700 sea turtles that were rescued from the waters during the winter freeze where temperatures got as cold as 48 degrees are now back in the water now that temperature has risen.

Close to 100 turtles are still recovering at the Coastal Studies lab at Isla Blanca Park and at Sea Turtle Inc.

These turtles were rescued from the bay when water temperatures dipped into the 40's. Kat Lilley is the education director at Sea Turtle Inc.

"The ones we took out of the bay looked pretty much dead they just hang their and don't move."

These pictures were taken as volunteers and staff from Sea Turtle Inc. rescued those turtles and brought them in to get warm and recover.

"People all over the Valley stopping to help, there was a great awareness of what was happening to the turtles."

At both Sea Turtle Inc and the Coast Studies lab the turtles are brought in out of the cold where they warm up. Lilley says the turtles warmed up through heat lamp and were placed on blankets.

"You have to give them a warmer environmental temperature that's how that raises their body temperature."

700 have fully recovered and were released back in the water. Sea Turtle Inc say they hope the remaining 100 fully recover and are able to get back to their home soon.

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