In what has become an annual event over recent years, Cape Lookout National Seashore staff rescued over 57 cold stunned sea turtles on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
A severe cold front pushed into the Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, causing kemps ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles to strand themselves on park shores. Members of Cape Lookout’s resource, protection, maintenance, and volunteer staffs coordinated efforts to recover and transport all 57 turtles to safety.
The rescued turtles, several weighing close to 80 pounds, will be turned over to North Carolina Resource Commission Sea Turtle Project to be re-warmed and evaluated for injuries. After the rehabilitation process, the turtles will be released when warmer weather allows.