Volunteers in Texas have been able to save thousands of sea turtles from a mind-bogglingly severe cold snap. Efforts are being made in Texas to save thousands of these cold-blooded animals who can’t fend off the freezing temperatures.
These sea turtles were rescued from death by “cold stunning” by volunteers in Texas. Cold stunning is a terminology that describes a situation in which turtles fall into comatose if the water reduces below 50° Fahrenheit.
Sea turtles live in the balmy lagoon off the south tip of Texas all year-round, a rarity for the migratory species, but the area lost power earlier in the week. About 1,700 turtles had been rescued on Tuesday, lining them up in rows on tarps close to a convention center donated for an emergency space.
The community warmed these turtles in kiddy pools to bring them out of their comatose state by warming them. There were about 3,500 turtles in the makeshift I’T’CU at the end of the day.
Some turtles who couldn’t move their flippers in the cold water were saved by Texas game wardens using their patrol boat. The executive director of Sea Turtle Inc, Wendy Knight, revealed that some cold-stunned turtles were brought in. A 150-year-old turtle that weighed 400 pounds was among them.
The love and support of people who just want to help things that can’t help themselves are overwhelming.Knight
SpaceX’s Boca Chica launched a facility on Tuesday night and gave Sea Turtle Inc. a big commercial generator. It was used to power the heating of their tanks and the equipment in their hospital.