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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