The cold weather gripping North Carolina means more stunned sea turtles off the state's coast.
The cold-blooded sea turtles become paralyzed by abnormally low temperatures. The StarNews of Wilmington reports that 30 turtles were reported in trouble Tuesday afternoon near Cape Lookout.
There are now 14 sea turtles being cared for at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
That's on top of the more than 20 turtles that Topsail Beach Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center director Karen Beasley says have already been discovered along the coast.
Loggerhead sea turtles are protected as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Six loggerhead sea turtles that had been rescued from waters off the Outer Banks were released this summer after nearly six months at the Georgia Aquarium and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
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