800 treated turtles to be released in Florida today and tomorrow

January’s recent cold snap not only affected local produce and nonnative Iguanas in Florida, but the endangered sea turtles as well.

Sea turtles recover in a warming pool
Photo Credit: NOAA

Acclimated to milder water off of Florida’s coasts, cold-blooded sea turtles become unable to swim or eat as water temperatures drop, leaving the reptiles stunned and hypothermic. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and several other county, state and federal agencies quickly came to the aid of these endangered and threatened turtles.

According to NOAA
, officials rescued more than 3,500 turtles in the last couple of weeks and treated them for dehydration and injuries. And with temperatures rising recently, agencies have been able to release the turtles back into their natural habitats.

A sea turtle is rescued
Photo Credit: FWC

The FWC reports that a total of 2,000 turtles have been released on the East Coast so far, and 800 more turtles are expected to be released today and tomorrow from the Panhandle region alone.

Just yesterday, 27 turtles were released off the coast of Key West after being treated at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, FL.

Author: Katie Kline

Moderator of EcoTone and ESA's communications officer.

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