Norfolk, Va. (UPI) Dec 12, 2010
Volunteers in Virginia and North Carolina say they've been busy rescuing cold-affected sea turtles and finding them temporary homes in aquariums.
A sudden onset of freezing temperatures has caught many of the creatures too far north and left them lethargic and unable to move.
"I think the temperature's just dropped so quickly that they haven't gotten out yet," Christina Trapani of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center told the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot. "They should be going somewhere warm."
Cold weather stuns some turtles every year, said Mark Swingle, director of research and conservation at the aquarium, but the number of turtles this year is "a little unusual."
"We're very close to having a full house," Swingle said. "By the end of the weekend, we're going to be full."
On Friday 11 turtles, including Kemp's ridleys, green turtles and loggerhead turtles, were taken in by the aquarium.
Six had been transferred from facilities in New England, and the rest were found in Hampton Roads. Two more arrived from North Carolina on Saturday, aquarium workers said.
The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles in Kitty Hawk, N.C., operates a rehabilitation center for cold-stunned and injured turtles at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.
Once there, the turtles are gradually warmed up.
"You can't just stick them next to a heater and warm them up fast," NEST President Karen Fitzgerald said. "You have to do it slowly."
Last winter, nearly 70 cold-stunned turtles, a record number, were rescued by NEST volunteers, Fitzgerald said.
It was too soon to compare this year's numbers to last year's, the Virginian-Pilot said.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 12, 2010
Fishing nations have agreed to hold their catches of young bluefin tuna in the central and western Pacific in 2011 and 2012 below the 2002-2004 annual averages, press reports said Sunday. The agreement was reached at an annual meeting of the 25-member Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which ended in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday Japan time, the reports said. It was the fi ... read more
Clinton Haiti meeting moved due to unrest|
Flood-swept Czech town turns disaster into development
A third of displaced Haitians leave temporary camps: IOM
Britain to outsource search-and-rescue ops
Capasso Lab Demonstrates Highly Unidirectional Whispering Gallery Microlasers
Taiwan to approve three billion dollar China plant: report
Tablet computers come of age in 2010 with iPad mania
World's First Microlaser Emitting In 3-D
Search called off for missing crew from SKorean trawler
Cadillac Desert Withstands The Test Of Time And Technology
Freshwater Sustainability Challenges Shared By Southwest And Southeast
Hot With Decades Of Drought: Expectations For The Southwest
Russia plans annual arctic conferences
Bering Sea Was Ice-Free And Full Of Life During Last Warm Period
Greenland Ice Sheet Flow Driven By Short-Term Weather Extremes Not Gradual Warming
It's Time For Europe To Step Up Research In The Polar Regions
Wild seeds seen as world crop 'insurance'
No rice please, we're Indonesians
Forgotten vines help wine makers fight climate change
New Discovery About How Flowering Time Of Plants Can Be Controlled
New Way Found Of Monitoring Volcanic Ash Cloud
Chavez trades office for tent to aid flood victims
Latin America counts the cost after deadly rains
More than 11,000 people evacuated in Albania floods
EU eyes sanctions against 11 Gbagbo cronies
U.S. mulls north Africa air base
UN confirms Sudan air raid on border with south
Chinese business in Africa breaking free of Beijing
Early Settlers Rapidly Transformed New Zealand Forests With Fire
Lost Civilization Under Persian Gulf
Babies' Biological Clocks Dramatically Affected By Birth Light Cycle
Seeing The World All Depends On Differen Visual Minds
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|