Winter blast impacts cold-stunned sea turtles

COLD STUNNED TURTLES

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Seaworld marine experts were at Packery Channel Friday delivering six cold-stunned green sea turtles after water temperatures dropped overnight. 

"We came down here to assist the people over on the national seashore the sea turtle research and recovery team were out here because of the cold temperatures that we had today," said Sea World Senior Aquarist Christopher Havel.

The turtles were found in and around the channel because the area is a favorite feeding ground for the turtles.

"This is a green sea turtle these seem to be the ones that are really affected the most by these stunning cold events part of that is that these guys hang out in these shallower waterways,"  Havel said.

The Seaworld team carried the turtles to the Packery Channel parking lot, and the endangered marine reptiles were taken to the National Seashore to be checked out and then decided to the aquarium and other facilities until they warm back up. 

"Everyone one of them are green turtles it's a herbivorous species that they're found around the jetties eating the algae there and even the bay areas eating the seagrasses," Dr. Donna Shaver said. 

More turtles might turn up in trouble along our waterways because seawaters have to be warmer than 50 degrees for them to be able to survive.

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