SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – A happy recovery for endangered sea turtles in South Padre Island. 16 Green Sea turtles released back into the ocean after suffering hypothermic shock and paralysis. The endangered species were found by local wildlife agencies during last week’s cold front. They’ve been under the care of Sea Turtle, Inc. where they’ve received extensive rehabilitation.
Now, a special public event to return the recovered turtles back to sea.
Jeff George, Executive Director – Sea Turtle, Inc., “We dealt with 20 turtles. Corpus Christi and points north dealt with 200 turtles. We’re hoping that the weather stays warm throughout the winter but we’re not expecting that, so we can be dealing with hundreds of turtles really quickly.”
Four turtles were not released back into the wild due to severe injuries. They will continue to undergo recovery for the next year or until they are ready to go back into the ocean.