100 plus cold-stunned sea turtles rescued as cold temps invade Florida

100 plus cold-stunned sea turtles rescued as cold temps invade Florida

100 plus cold-stunned sea turtles rescued as cold temps invade Florida

Animals are also suffering.

So far there's been reports of sharks being frozen completely solid washing up on a beach in MA, iguanas being immobilised in the cold and falling from trees in Florida and sea turtles stiffening up and floating to ocean surfaces.

The temps are affecting the state's unique and treasured fish and wildlife species.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and law enforcement officers live-streamed a video Thursday of them rescuing sea turtles from St. Joseph Bay off the Florida Panhandle.

The turtles may appear to be dead, but they are actually alive and need help.


Plunging water temperatures can put the reptiles into a stunned state, causing them to stiffen and float as their muscles become too contracted for them to swim easily, officers said.

The last time something like this happened was in 2010 when Gulf World took in almost 1,800 stunned sea turtles.

Manatees head for warmer waters, such as discharge canals, power plants and natural springs, when the temperatures plunge. They can also get stressed by the cold.

"Warm-water species, including the popular game fish snook, are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures", it said. Immediately report any cold stunned turtles that you locate by calling us at 361-949-8173 ext. To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).

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