Chilled turtles warm up on Long Island

Dec 29, 2005

Six turtles found nearly frozen on the shore of Cape Cod Six have been taken to Long Island to recover.

Newsday reports the turtles -- five Kemp's ridley and an 88-pound loggerhead named Bruiser-- were found cold stunned by a sudden temperature drop in late November and early this month by volunteers from the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

The turtles, in a near hibernation state, were taken initially to the New England Aquarium in Boston. On Tuesday, they made the trip to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, where they are expected to spend several months in rehabilitation.

The newspaper said the turtles, which live and breed in warm water on the coasts of Mexico and Texas, travel up the East Coast each year and can be trapped if water temperature drops quickly.

Nearly 40 cold-stunned turtles have been found on the beaches of Cape Cod so far this year, New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told Newsday.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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