Two Rescued Sea Turtles Die

We have an update on four sea turtles rescued at the Hatteras Ferry terminal last week.

Two of the Kemp's Ridley Turtles found are doing well, according to the Ferry Division. Unfortunately, the two small Green Turtles died at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Crews this morning rescued another Kemp's Ridley at Hatteras as well.

So far this winter 18 turtles have been brought to the aquarium and experts won't be surprised if more are found this week because of the bitter cold temperatures.


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More cold-stunned sea turtles are showing up along the coast.

Employees at the Hatteras Ferry rescued four turtles on Wednesday.

The ferry system says employees spotted the distressed turtles in the basin at the Hatteras terminal. They launched a rescue response boat and two seamen rescued the turtles and brought them inside the terminal for warmth.

Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitator Lou Browning picked up the sea turtles within 20 minutes.

The cold-blooded sea turtles are becoming paralyzed by abnormally low temperatures. Thirty 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.


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  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Dec 14, 2010 at 02:28 PM
    This is great. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not million, to keep turtle alive. TURTLES!!! I want you libs to keep this in mind when they lay off a bunch of teachers and TA's.
  • by off road earl Location: rm on Dec 14, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    TO IRATE: U mispelled JAMES!!!! maybe YOU need to attend the same IQ increasing course you where telling james about. Soon the animal rights people will be blaming beach driving for the turtles freezing to death. mother nature couldnt be to blame.
  • by Bertie on Dec 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    This is Sara Palin's fault.
  • by PirateOne on Dec 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    See... Mother Nature will always find a way to keep the population of every species in check. So to all those turtle and bird fanatics out there who have done their dead-level best to cut the throat of the very livelihood of NC Outer Banks residences, through all this banning of driving on the beach, are (basically) only making a dent in the "real" world order of things. Sorry you're efforts didn't help in this case. But you “have” however managed to place residence of the Outer Banks on the endangered species list! And still are in the process of trying to kill the very existence of the tourist and fishing trade on the Outer Banks. Hope you guy are quite happy. And by the way… Merry Christmas!
  • by dont care Location: washington on Dec 14, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    who is paying all the bills for these turtles, i sure hope it isn't the taxpayer in these trying economic times. remember it is only a turtle. they survived in the past and if they don't then they cac join the dinasour
  • by J-man Location: kinston on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Ok, I'm too lazy to read the report, but did the turtles die while in the care of the rescuers?? If so, I think harsh criminal charges need to be filed against them!!!
  • by who cares? on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    My thoughts are with the families of the turtles. This is truly a shame and I don't think you people on here should judge these turtles.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    I agree with George!!! I am sure though they will come up with some way for it to be the commercial fishermans fault, they always do.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Jamnes, All that hot air and you can't even spell FERRY. I suggest increasing you IQ before you start criticizing a good deed.
  • by James Location: Dare County on Dec 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    The people should be arrested for messing with endangered turtles. Does not matter if the are fairy emplyees. It is illegal!!!!! Nature has a way of thinning out the weak. What did the turtles do before man started interfering? The weak died which in turn made for a healthier population of turtles. The Fairy division needs to do its job. That job is not turtle rescue! Anonymous Dec9 @ 7:48 What is wrong with have meat that is not shot up with all sorts of growth hormones? There is no meat more organic or free range than that of a wild animal. That includes turtle :)
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