Watch Out For Distressed Manatees, Turtles During Cold Snap

Jan 08, 2018, 02:47
Watch Out For Distressed Manatees, Turtles During Cold Snap

The cold isn't stopping Sea Turtle Inc. though as staff and volunteers are constantly working to save the animals they're most passionate about.

According to PINS, the public is invited to go see the release at noon on January 7, in front of the visitors center at PINS.

"We'll do exams on them to make sure they are responsive, and at least somewhat active, and give them medications, emergency medications, that are needed to the turtles that are not responsive", Cavin said.

Park entrance fees will be waived during the time of the release.

But yesterday morning, with the water temperature having risen to 51.2 degrees near South Padre Island and the air temp at 60, Blihovde said his team had an additional weapon in its turtle-rescue armament.

So far there's been reports of sharks being frozen completely solid washing up on a beach in MA, iguanas being immobilised in the cold and falling from trees in Florida and sea turtles stiffening up and floating to ocean surfaces.

For the last several days, the Texas State Aquarium has nursed over 600 cold-stunned sea turtles back to health.

"We got our air boat back from a refuge that was borrowing it", he said of the shallow-draft vessel. Their bodies just went into shut down mode.

As Florida experiences unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts, wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on vulnerable manatees and sea turtles.

"It's just been an fantastic effort with staff, volunteers and the community", she said.

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