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People are saving ‘cold-stunned’ sea turtles in Texas

Due to harsh winter weather turtles were fighting lives, a convention center came to rescue thousands of them.

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Due to harsh winter weather turtles were fighting lives, a convention center came to rescue thousands of them.

They claim that “We had trailers full yesterday that had 80, 100, and 50”

However, people lacking necessities of life in Texas have also been contributing to rescuing the cold-stunned turtles and taking them to a convention center in South Texas resort town.

Ed Caum, executive director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, to the Associated Press on Wednesday said “Every 15 minutes or less there’s another truck or SUV that pulls up,” He further said sometimes people bring one or two sea turtles, sometimes more. “We had trailers full yesterday coming in that had 80, 100, 50,” he said.

However, the South Padre Island convention center started chiming in Monday when its neighbor, Sea Turtle Inc, could no longer handle the number of sea turtles being dropped off, and their mostly outdoor operation had lost power. He said the convention center itself didn’t have power or water till early Wednesday morning.

Volunteers carefully transport the cold-stunned turtles into the recovery area at the South Padre Island a convention center located in Texas. Caum says that “they have “collected” more than 3,500 sea turtles so far. He said he hesitates to use the word rescued because “we know we’re going to lose some”. However, h predicts that another cold wave is around the corner and they don’t know when they will return turtles in waters.

He said the temperatures recorded in the area on Wednesday afternoon were in the 40s (about 4C). He said it might be Saturday when temperatures are expected to reach the low 60s (above 15C) – before the turtles can be released back into the Gulf. He added “with power returned they have been able to bring the convention center’s temperature to 60F (15C). He further added “We’re trying to do the best we can to save as many turtles as possible,”

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