Friday, 7 December 2018

Hundreds of apparently 'flash-frozen' turtles wash ashore in New England

Conservationists record unusually high number of strandings
Many of turtles are critically endangered Kemp’s ridley species
Associated Press in Welfleet, Massachusetts
Sun 25 Nov 2018 14.30 GMTLast modified on Mon 26 Nov 2018 14.16 GMT
An unusual number of sea turtles have washed ashore in New England in the recent cold snap, many dead and appearing to have been “flash-frozen”.
Many of the turtles are from a critically endangered species called Kemp’s ridley, Robert Prescott, director of Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, told the Cape Cod Times.
The number of stranded turtles has already surpassed what is considered normal for the season. Prescott told the Times that at least 219 turtles washed ashore from Wednesday to Friday on Cape Cod beaches. He told CNN 173 of those turtles had died.
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All but one of the 82 turtles found on Thursday, the Thanksgiving holiday, were frozen solid and dead, Prescott said, due to unseasonably cold temperatures.
 “It was like they were flash-frozen, flippers in all weird positions like they were swimming,” he said.
On Friday, temperatures were a few degrees higher and that along with a slight shift in wind direction, meant more turtles found alive, Prescott told the paper.

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