Sea Turtles Get Help Warming Up
The recent cold weather can make us uncomfortable at times. For some animals, it can be devastating. Most wildlife can find a way to keep warm during the low temperatures, but for others they need some help.
The condition is called “cold stun”, and for sea turtles it can cost them their life. Luckily, some are rescued and eventually sent back to a warmer environment to live a long life.
On Friday, Gulf World received nine endangered green sea turtles; this is their first group of the year. Frigid temperatures in the area have affected local marine life, sea turtles in particular. If the turtles suddenly find themselves in extremely cold water, their bodies can go into hypothermic shock.
The Northwest Florida Marine Turtle Research Group found the turtles and brought them to Gulf World. They will rehabilitate for a week or so depending on their progress and them be released
Gulf World Marine Park Employee, Secret Holmes-Douglas, works with the turtles to help get them ready for the change.
« There is a buoy out in Saint Joe Bay that the FWC put out there, that lets us know what the water temperatures are. Our goal that we have is to release them in a week, based on the temperatures, and we will release them into the gulf and not the bay because the gulf is slightly warmer,” says Douglas.
Gulf World says they are hoping to release the sea turtles in seven to eight days, but it all depends on the weather conditions.