45 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued on Cape Cod

45 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Rescued on Cape Cod
When the turtles first arrive they are given subcutaneous fluid depending on what their bloodwork shows. Photo/New England Aquarium.

Forty-five “cold-stunned” sea turtles were rescued after washing up on the shores of Cape Cod over the weekend (Nov. 15-16). The turtles were apparently the victims of the cold weather that descended on the region on Friday.

On Saturday, 17 critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were rescued by the staff and volunteers of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and were then transported to the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in Quincy for lifesaving re-warming and treatment of other medical problems. On Sunday, 28 more turtles were rescued on the Cape. That number was the highest for a single day since 1999.