Sea turtle assistance and rehab needed after cold stunning

Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 5:08 PM EST
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The recent cold has caused turtles off our coast to need rehabilitation at the coastal aquarium.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has admitted 12 new sea turtles as part of the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Program after the turtles showed signs of cold-stunning.

Cold stunning is a condition similar to hypothermia that affects turtles and other sea life.

It's caused by drops in water temperature and affects the turtles' ability to swim properly.

Volunteers combed shorelines for turtles affected by the condition when temperatures began to drop and admitted 12 turtles in the past week.

Over the next few days, volunteers will gradually warm the turtles back to healthy temperatures and put them through swim tests.

Once turtles pass the tests and show healthy vitals signs, they will be returned to the wild.