Gulf World helping 50 cold stunned sea turtles

Published 12/10 2016 11:58PM

Updated 12/10 2016 11:58PM

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Gulf World Marine Institute is rehabilitating 50 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and 2 loggerhead sea turtles it received from the New England Aquarium.
 
The sea turtles were flown by a Michigan couple that donated their time and private plane to transport the turtles from New England to Panama City Beach.
 
When the waters get below 40 degrees in shallow bays and estuaries, sea turtles can become shocked by the frigid temperatures. 
 
The turtles are being examined for signs of pneumonia, external wounds, internal foreign bodies and bone inflammation. A large portion of the animals have clinical signs of infection and are being treated with antibiotics.
 
In the upcoming weeks, Gulf World will continue rehabilitating these animals until they have been medically cleared for release.

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