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Rescuers Continue Finding Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Just Tuesday, more than 40 green sea turtles were found cold-stunned in Texas, including 22 in the lower Laguna Madre. By 10 a.m. Wednesday, another seven had already been found.

Thankfully, all of the recent finds were still alive when rescuers arrived to retrieve them and take them back to rehabilitation at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep in Port Aransas and Sea Turtle, Inc., in South Padre Island. However, there are still unconfirmed reports of 20 additional dead sea turtles spotted in the lower Laguna Madre on Dec. 8.

According to Donna Shaver, sea turtle expert at the Padre Island National Seashore, it is believed that the dead turtles that were sighted may have been cold stunned between Nov. 25-30, during our first bout of extreme cold weather, but were not seen or documented at that time.

More than 200 cold-stunned sea turtles have been documented in Texas since Nov. 25, and luckily, 179 of them were found alive and have been transported to rehabilitation facilities, where their prognosis for recovery is good.

Searches for more cold-stunned turtles will continue in coming days. If you see a cold-stunned sea turtle, contact the ARK at 361-442-7638 or the Padre Island National Seashore at 361-949-8173.

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