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Old 12-22-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Confused sea turtles .

An article in the NY Times talks about the incredible number of sea turtles that have been found on beaches, dying from the cold ,unable to move on to warmer waters for unknown reasons. Interesting how many people have jumped in to help save these creatures.


Bob Prescott, the director of the Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, who has been saving turtles for 32 years, said he had never seen anything like it. When he started walking the beaches, he said, he would find one or two turtles a season, warm them up and drive them to the Boston airport himself. “I would go to Logan and give turtles to the pilot of an Eastern Airlines jet,” he said. The pilot would keep the turtle in the cockpit and hand it off to a turtle expert in Florida.
Not this year. “One day, 157 came in,” he said.
Turtles will continue to wash up on the bay beaches until the end of December, although as the weather gets colder, fewer of them will survive. Cold-stunned turtles that seem to be dead often recover, however, so every turtle gets 24 hours during which it is presumed to be alive, even if does not look it, Mr. Prescott said.
After weighing and measuring one unmoving turtle before placing it in a banana box, he insisted that revival was still a possibility.
“We don’t know that one’s dead until tomorrow,” he said.
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