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Dozens of Cold Stunned Sea Turtles Warm Up at the ARK

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

The freezing temperatures the past two days have brought in more than 67 cold stunned green sea turtles and more are on the way.

The National Seashore was able to rescue about 80 this winter season, and then they are transported to the University of Texas' Animal Rescue Keep, the ARK, in Port Aransas where they are currently being warmed up and nursed back to health.

Three News reporter Sarah Acosta was live with 3 News First Edition with Tony Amos, the ARK's sea turtle expert who said the turtles will most likely stay at the ARK until February.

Even though it only takes about 24 hours for the turtles to warm up by staying out of water, Amos said the turtles will spend several weeks rehabilitating.

He said because the winter spell has lasted longer this season, they don't want to release the turtles until they see a longer trend in warm weather.