Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rescued sea turtles returned to the Atlantic Ocean

Big chill: Warmed-up sea turtles freed off Florida
By BRIAN SKOLOFF, The Associated Press
Friday, January 15, 2010; 10:55 AM
via http://www.washingtonpost.com

JUNO BEACH, Fla. -- They came in crowded trucks and left by flipper: Hundreds of endangered sea turtles are being released back into the Atlantic Ocean now that Florida's weather has warmed enough.

Officials in the Sunshine State helped rescue nearly 3,000 turtles from frigid waters in the past week, plucking them from the ocean, lagoons and rivers as air temperatures dipped into the 30s along the coast.

The turtles - which weigh up to 400 pounds - were found across Florida as the unseasonably chilly temperatures sent them into a cold stress, leaving them stunned and largely motionless, the perfect prey for predators. Now after about a week of treatment, including soakings in heated pools and oxygen therapy, turtles by the truckload are headed back into the wild...

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