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Park Staff Rescue Sea Turtles

Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Numerous sea turtles, stunned by a two-week period of abnormal cold weather along the Mid-Atlantic coastline, were blown onto the park’s beaches last week, where they risked death by freezing. Park staff rescued 44 sea turtles over a five-day period. Park biologist Jon Altman and protection ranger Shad Dusseau collected and transported hypothermic turtles from outer banks islands to the mainland, while other park staff and visitors combed the beaches and collected other turtles. The recovered animals were turned over to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and moved to the North Carolina Aquarium and the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital at Topsail Beach for re-warming. Several of the turtles weighed well over 150 pounds. Only three turtles died before being turned over to the state. The remainder will be released into the warm Gulf Stream waters within the near future.



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