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Date: November 2020
Location: Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts
Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) recently received two flights of cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles from the New England area. These lucky sea turtles were flown by a private plane; the pilots in this partnership actually donate their time and fuel to help!
As reptiles, sea turtles’ body temperatures closely match the temperature of their environment. Sea turtles can become cold-stunned (or shocked) when the temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Because they receive so many turtles during the winter months, the New England Aquarium and National Marine Life Center usually reaches out for aid. GWMI is happy to help! By taking some of the sea turtles, more room is available for new cold stuns as they arrive. GWMI will continue to treat these animals until they are ready for release.
Thank you to Turtles Fly Too for coordinating the flight and to the pilots for generously donating their time and airplane for this mission. We would also like to thank Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries, New England Aquarium, National Marine Life Center, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and all volunteers for working together to make this possible.
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