Sea Turtles Stranded Along Outer Banks

Volunteers are scrambling to save endangered sea turtles that are stranded off the Outer Banks -- the victims of storms and cold.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reports Wednesday that about 45 turtles have been taken to the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles rehabilitation center at the North Carolina Aquarium near Manteo.

Christian Guerreri of the aquarium says that's a record number of cold-stunned turtles for the Outer Banks. Last winter, 28 were found off barrier island beaches.

Guerreri says four turtles have died, and nine have been sent to other rehabilitation facilities.

The National Park Service says about 90 percent of the recently stranded turtles have been found around the Pamlico Sound.

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  • by Sandi Location: OBX on Jan 7, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    I am just now reading this and guess what. The people that actually take care of these animals do not blame gill net and commerical fishermen. We are much more educated than that. Commerical fishermen help report turtle activity and use TEDS. They are not stupid and are our friends and neighbors!!! Why do you go and volunteer to help sometime.
  • by Keith Location: OBX on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    They'll find a way to blame it on gill nets too.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    It does become asinine when the commercial fishing gets blamed for this, after all that is a major part of the economy around here. To Back, I would hate to live out near that cess pool called L.A. as well. It is great to live where there are CLEAN beaches. If there is a pollution problem, then it must come right from up in VA on up to New York, cause our people take care of our stomping grounds, unlike many of the tourists.
  • by HUNGRY on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Turtle soup anyone?
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Jan 6, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Thanks CJ for your comment. I've been trying to slip something in like yours for some time but maybe i was just a little bit too much Politicly incorrect in my thinking.
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Jan 6, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    You gonna post my rebutal?
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Jan 6, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    Real mature statements there John. Was it suppose to make a point? Yes I do understand; why do you think I chose to live in a small city? Are you one of the confused individuals that think a pollution free environment and the turtles are more important than the human race? If so, put on your thinking cap and THINK about what you are saying(would you rather be sick or non-existant?). I guess my post made you so mad you could'nt think staight as you wrote. Guess what; we live in America and I can pretty much CHOOSE to live where I want; so can you. LA? I would not live in that cess pool if you paid me. Place is FULL of losers, movie people(most are losers also), and thugs. And even though you said FU for NO good reason, I am sincerely sorry you have an illness.
  • by Craig Location: G-vegas on Jan 6, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    Wow John, you really blew a gasket there. I bet you won't share what your illness is. I bet it is bad genetics or something that "you" done rather than the environment. Anyway, I am sorry that you suffer from environmental sickness. I hope you recover. Maybe moving from that enviroment would be good for you.
  • by cj Location: hyde on Jan 6, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    I think it's a sad day for America when they lives of animals are more valuable than the lives of unborn babies.
  • by john on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    @"Back" Regardless of global warming or protection of wildlife, you saying "a pollution free environment is much more important than the life of a human". Obviously you don't have a pollution related illness like me. F-U! Maybe if you lived in a REAL city where there is REAL pollution, you would understand. Instead, you live in a small city with cleaner air and think you know what pollution is. Go live in L.A. for a week and you'll come back wishing for environmental control.
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