WILDLIFE

Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas

Feb 18, 2021, 5:53 AM
Thousands of Atlantic green sea turtles and Kemp's ridley sea turtles suffering from cold stun are ...
Thousands of Atlantic green sea turtles and Kemp's ridley sea turtles suffering from cold stun are laid out to recover Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 at the South Padre Island Convention Center on South Padre Island, Texas. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)
(Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — Residents, some of whom lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes due to the unusually chilly weather, have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and taking them to a convention center in a South Texas resort town.

“Every 15 minutes or less there’s another truck or SUV that pulls up,” Ed Caum, executive director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

He 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.

The South Padre Island Convention Center started pitching 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.

He says they’ve “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.”

Caum said that with another cold front approaching, they don’t know when they’ll be able to return the sea turtles to the water.

Temperatures in the area on Wednesday afternoon were in the 40s. He said it may be Saturday — when temperatures are expected to reach the low 60s (above 15 Celsius) — before the turtles can be released back into the Gulf.

He said with power returned they have been able to bring the convention center’s temperature to 60 degrees.

“We’re trying to do the best we can to save as many turtles as possible,” he said.

Wildlife

Photo of Amur Leopard cubs at hogle zoo...
Chandler Holt

Amur leopard cubs at Hogle Zoo make their first appearance

On Christmas day, Hogle Zoo welcomed two Amur leopard cubs. The cubs made their debut Friday morning and will be visible to guests in their exhibit.
5 months ago
hunting permits...
Mark Jones

DWR asking Utahns to keep dogs on a leash while in the outdoors

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are asking those who head outdoors this spring to keep their dogs on a leash.
6 months ago
bald eagles at farmington bay...
Mark Jones

Tracy Aviary taking precautions to protect birds from avian influenza

Tracy Aviary is working to protect its birds from the Avian Influenza, which was announced Monday by the Department of Agriculture and Food, to have arrived in Utah.
6 months ago
why not to gift animals for Easter...
Waverly Golden

Gifting animals for Easter might be a bad idea according to veterinarian

A lot of preparation and education is needed before housing a rabbit, duck, or chick, according to Utah State University's Veterinary school.
6 months ago
Antlers at auction were seized as evidence in poaching investigations...
Waverly Golden

Poached items auctioned off to fund wildlife conservation

The Division of Wildlife Resources will auction off antlers, furs, and other items it seized through poaching investigations.
6 months ago
Utah hunters...
Simone Seikaly

Three new laws impact Utah hunters and landowners

The bills, recently made law by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, affect Utah hunters and their ability to donate meat, use air bows, and kill big game.
6 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas