Cold Weather Stuns Sea Turtles

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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  • by Ted Location: Jacksonville on Dec 9, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    WOW, for a change they didnt blame the commercial fisherman . What happened , the turtle huggers screw up?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 8, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    I am pleading with AL GORE to give them turtles refuge in his heated(ah! la natural but of course)swimming pool,problem solved. thanks AL.
  • by V on Dec 8, 2010 at 05:21 PM
    Anybody ever notice that Al Gore looks like the turtle that raced bugs bunny?His head is in a shell and it pokes out kind of like when I am constipatated.
  • by V on Dec 8, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    Where are all the egotistical,arrogant,mouthy pompus yankees saying it is not cold?Well,go jump in the ocean you warm blooded dummies and tell that to a stupid cold blooded turtle.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    Well, Rayward, long ago, they had little turtle condos on the beach with H/AC, cable, cell phones and 24 inch wheels on their trucks....then came those rich people who came to the beach on vacation and took away the turtles condos for themselves. It now leaves them to go into the sea to live...where its cold. Those bad rich ole humans....You remember the Naugas? They driven into extinction from making all thoes naugahide couches in the 60s...The truth? Turtles froze and died on the beach, however, survival of the fittest would return to the sea. Well, BC is giving up his rights to his own property to the government...don't tell him that...he thinks its for birds to nest.
  • by BC Location: Washington on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    Conservation groups steal access? Actually, conservation groups fight polluters the people who want to turn all the scenic parts of the coast into private marinas for the ultra-rich. I'll happily give up some access to protect nesting birds if it means I also have an ally against the people who want to destroy my fishing spots and take all the best parts of the public waterways for themselves.
  • by rayward on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    well tell something. . .we have had cold snaps for years and years and years. What did the turtles do before we had programs in place to care for them? Mind you, I think it's great that we can help the turtles but really. . .we have always had cold weather and actually it was colder in the past than what it is now? Maybe someone can explain this to me or am I missing something?
  • by omg12 Location: greenville nc on Dec 8, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Sorry turtles are dying they are important. However, please don't tell the conservation groups stealing our land and water access from us. They will have markers now out in the ocean where we can't swim or walk on the bottom or fish. OMG, I can hear it now! They'll have all of H.I. blocked off and we'll never get to drive on it or walk on it again. Please, let the warm come on in before we lose some more beaches.
  • by Poor Turtles Location: Havelock on Dec 8, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    I am glad there are groups out there set up to help distressed turtles and other animals. I'm not diggin' these cold temperatures either. Hopefully it warms up for people and animals alike!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    Turtle soup is very tasty!!
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