The thousands of turtles are being stored in a convention center for safekeeping, according to PEOPLE. “This is by far the largest cold-stunning event that we’ve documented in Texas,” Dr. Donna Shaver, Texas Coordinator of the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network, told PEOPLE. “It’s a big deal.”
According to the National Park Service. because sea turtles are cold-blooded, they can’t regulate their body temperature. Therefore, when water temperatures creep below 50 degrees, they become hypothermic and cannot swim, the phenomenon called “cold-stunning.”
Turtles that live in Laguna Madre, as well as Corpus Christi Bay, Matagorda Bay, and Galveston Bay in southeast Texas, are all in danger of cold-stunning.
My mom is retired, & she spends her winters volunteering at a sea turtle rescue center in south Texas. The cold snap is stunning the local turtles & they’re doing a lot of rescues. She sent me this photo today of the back of her Subaru. It’s *literally* turtles all the way down. pic.twitter.com/xaDRNjLDoQ
— Lara (@lara_hand) February 15, 2021
“When I first started, I read about how the green turtle numbers were decimated in Texas due to over harvest and freezes during the late 1800s,” Shaver says. “Luckily, as opposed to the 1800s… back then, nobody saved them. So we’ve done what we could to save as many as we can.”
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