Dozens Of Cold Turtles Released Into Warm Gulf Stream

Dozens of sea turtles are heading back out to warmer seas off our coast.

Wednesday morning a Coast Guard crew took more than thirty of healthiest turtles out to warmer waters of the Gulf Stream to release them.

Volunteers and rescue workers spent a week nursing the young endangered animals back to health after 80 were found, stunned from the cold waters.

The shallow waters of the Core and Pamlico sounds cooled too quickly for the turtles to escape. They became hypothermic and some even developed pneumonia. "Turtles love the sound areas in North Carolina," says conservation coordinator Wendy Cluse. "That's where they're hanging out, that's where they're feeding. If they don't move out of the area in time they get kind of stuck in those sound areas. They're trying to move south but just the geography of the barrier islands gets them stuck in the sounds."

Rescuers say sea turtles get stuck in the sounds each year, but recently they're finding more and more. Experts say they expect it and try to prepare for it.


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  • by k Location: nc on Dec 16, 2010 at 06:51 AM
    I am so sick of people being disrespectful towards living breathing creatures like these turtles especially Tim. Sometimes I wish that people could hear themselves talk especially when they have no respect for animals/creatures but they do for the human race which everytime I turn around the human race seems to have so much negative behavior going on especially when it comes to our debt!!!
  • by Tim Location: Columbia on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:03 PM
    Talk about PORK BARRELL spending. Every day "turtle this, turtle that." It makes me sick. Spend the money more wisely like on the human race for instance or even smarter paying down the debt.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Dec 15, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    I agree with V. the least he(Al Gore) could do was send warm weather or we will round him up and relocate him to the north pole.HA! HA! HA!
  • by V on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    Personally,I think Al Gore should pay for this.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    they could Have over-nighted them to FL and then let them go would Have been alot cheaper. Tax dollars at work again.
  • by not a turtle on Dec 15, 2010 at 03:10 PM
    I wonder how much money is spent every year on the lives of sea turtles................
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