More than 2,500 sea turtles vulnerable to freezing to demise in Texas have been rescued after record-low temperatures swept by means of the area.
Sea Turtle Inc. said Tuesday that it had “well surpassed 2,500 turtles” that had been saved and delivered to its sanctuary and the South Padre Island Convention Center.
In frigid temperatures, the cold-blooded creatures are weak to “cold stun,” a situation that causes their physique temperature to dip so low that they lose motor abilities, news station KFOR reported.
The syndrome causes them to be unable to eat or swim, usually sending them washing up on the shore, the sanctuary stated.
It also can put them vulnerable to shock, pneumonia, frostbite and even demise, the outlet reported.
“We’re undergoing one of the largest cold-stun events the island has seen in more than a decade,” Wendy Knight, who’s the manager director of Sea Turtle, Inc., instructed KFOR.
Meanwhile, the sanctuary confronted one more setback nursing the turtles again to well being when it lost energy on Monday.
“Unfortunately, at 2 o’clock this morning we lost power, and as a result of that we have five 25-to-55,000 gallon tanks filled with these beautiful creatures that have lived here on South Padre Island for almost 40 years that are very close to perishing,” Knight stated.
The turtle sanctuary is now asking for assist with the rescue effort.
“Tomorrow the temperature will fall even lower and hundreds of more turtles are in danger,” the group wrote Tuesday. “We beg our community to keep watch for turtles and report any floating or washed ashore in your area.”