The East Coast winter began with unusually warm temperatures, and the sudden transition to colder weather has harsh consequences for migrating sea turtles. Over 800 turtles, crippled by the suddenly cold water, have been found off North Carolina beaches.
Rescue and rehabilitation efforts already in place are helping to mitigate the damage to turtle populations, but the journey does not end there:
Warmed, nurtured, and given a clean bill of health, the sea turtles must still find their way to warmer waters.
Photo by: Supplied photo courtesy of Nancy Fahey. Volunteer Ginger Taylor examines a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City Aug. 11, 2015.
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