January 12, 2010
Freezing temperatures this weekend resulted in about 50 green sea turtles showing up on area beaches, said Donna Shaver, director of the Padre Island National Seashore’s turtle recovery program.
Of the 49 turtles, most of which came ashore near Port Aransas, nine have died, Shaver said. A total of 354 have been found along the Texas coast, she said.
The cold stuns the turtles, which renders them motionless, and they float to the surface. This has been the largest such event locally since 1980, Shaver said.
The turtles will be housed and rehabilitated in warm swimming pools at Port Aransas’ Animal Rehabilitation Keep and at the Texas State Aquarium until waters warm and it’s safe to return them to the Gulf. This could take several weeks, Shaver said.
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