Another successful Turtle Transfer wrapped up this past Tuesday, December 11th. ...
Another successful Turtle Transfer wrapped up this past Tuesday, December 11th. Turtles Fly Too assisted in the coordination of transferring 37 cold stunned sea turtles from New England Aquarium to South Carolina Aquarium and Marathon Sea Turtle Hospital in Florida. “Cold stunning” occurs when a sea turtle is exposed to extended periods of cold water temperatures. Sea turtles are cold-blooded creatures and cannot control their internal body temperature as humans can. Therefore, they enter into a hypothermic state, which can lead to death if not caught soon enough.
Initially rescued in the Northeastern United States, 5 loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles were transferred to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and 32 Kemp ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles were transferred to Marathon, Florida to continue their rehabilitation.
Of course our work could not be achieved without the generosity of our volunteer pilots. Thank you very much Chuck Yanke for assisting us in the transfer of these 37 turtles.
Stay tuned for our next Turtle Transfer on Saturday, December 15th.