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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