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New York, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): When 178 cold-stunned sea turtles needing rescue and treatment in North Carolina due to recent weather and cold temperatures, had been transported to the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island’s Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center, veterinary staff at the North Carolina (NC) Museum of Natural Sciences offered to help, media reports said.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Image credit: website
“We’re happy to have this opportunity to assist the aquarium with this conservation action effort,” said head veterinarian Dr. Dan Dombrowski and the museum’s Living Collections staff.
“Sea turtles are such an important species to help rehabilitate. They are able to live so long, if we can help these juvenile turtles today, they may be around for another 100 years and produce thousands of offspring for the future.”
Image Courtesy of N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
The recovery process for Cold-stunning, a condition which is similar to hypothermia caused by dropping water temperatures and disabling it to swim properly, begins by gradually warming the turtles back up over the course of a few days.
The turtles will occasionally be seen to visitors while receiving veterinary care at the museum’s “Window on Animal Health.”
Once the turtles are thought to be healthy enough to release, they will be taken offshore and released into warmer waters. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is just one of many institutions across the state assisting in this crucial effort to aid cold-stunned sea turtles. The effort to rescue and rehabilitate sea turtles is led by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, with collaboration with many federal, state and private organizations aided by many volunteers and groups such as Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) aided in the rescue of these turtles.