Skip to Content

100 cold-stunned sea turtles from Cape Cod sent to Florida, Mississippi for rehab

By Staff

Click here for updates on this story

    BOSTON (WBZ) — One hundred endangered sea turtles will make the trip from Massachusets to Mississippi or Florida on Tuesday. They will be continuing their hypothermia rehabilitation after washing up on the beaches of Cape Cod.

Staff at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary search the beaches for stranded turtles and transport them to the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital in Quincy and the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) in Bourne for treatment.

Cold-stunned turtles can suffer from life-threatening medical conditions like pneumonia and dehydration because they are unable to regulate their body temperature and feed.

The New England Aquarium makes alternative arrangements for the turtles down South as their facilities fill up.

Each year, hundreds of cold-stunned turtles get caught in the quick-changing water temperatures off Massachusetts.

In the past three weeks alone, the team at the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital has cared for more than 350 live sea turtles and NMLC has treated 87.

Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform.

Article Topic Follows: CNN - Regional

Jump to comments ↓

CNN Newsource


ABC 17 News is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content