This week's Lone Star Adventure involves a dramatic rescue effort. Dozens of sea turtles stunned by a sudden temperature drop in south Texas were saved by by a group of people dedicated to the turtles' survival. FOX 4's Richard Ray takes us to South Padre Island on a mission of mercy with Sea Turtle, Inc.
In early January, a sudden cold snap stunned more than 100 Atlantic green sea turtles, washing them ashore on South Padre Island. Others were found floating near death in bay waters. A similar cold snap in 2007 stranded even more turtles, almost 170. This time around the mortality rate seemed to be much higher.
Staffers and volunteers from Sea Turtle, Inc. coordinated the rescue effort. Their hard work is a year around attraction on South Padre Island where turtles are rehabbed. There, turtles that can't be released find a home and visitors are always welcome, even in times of crisis.
Each rescued turtle got metal tags on two flippers and an implanted microchip. Sea Turtle, Inc. then constructed a data base of all the turtles that washed up during the cold-stunning event.
After being processed, the turtles were released in a part of the bay where there is plenty of good feeding nearby. Most of the turtles quickly readjusted and were on their way.
Sea Turtle, Inc. has only a handful of staffers. Most of the work is done by volunteers who care about the survival of creatures who are endangered but making a comeback in the waters off Texas.
For more information about Sea Turtle, Inc. please visit their website.
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