Sea Turtles Rescued from Frigid Waters Near Texas Returned to Gulf of Mexico

(Photo by: Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Dickinson / US Coast Guard) Lt. Milanese and a Texas Game Warden carry a rehabilitated turtle from a transport truck to a Texas Game Warden small boat at Station Port Aransas, Texas, Feb. 22, 2021, where the turtle will be transported safely out to sea. On Feb. 18, various local volunteers helped rescue an accumulative of over 400 cold-stunned sea turtles, who were then transported to local rehabilitation centers.

On Monday, sea turtles that the were rescued from frigid waters near Texas last week are being returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

Members of US Coast Guard, Texas Game Wardens, and Texas State Aquarium worked to release around 146 sea turtles back to the Gulf.

More than 1,000 turtles, stunned by the frigid waters and unable to swim, were picked up by the US Coast Guard and Texas Game Wardens as temperatures dropped to below freezing last week.

The sea turtles were taken to rehabilitation facilities to recover and then will slowly be released back into the wild as the weather warms up.

On Monday, around 146 sea turtles were released back into the water after crews searched for areas of water with temperatures of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit in order to safely release the turtles, the coast guard says.

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SOURCE: KATC, Brian Richard

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