Hundreds of sea turtles have been rescued along the coast of South Padre Island in Texas after being stunned by a sudden drop in water temperature.
The turtles, primarily green sea turtles, were left unable to move or regulate their body temperature after a cold snap swept through the region last week. This can be fatal, as they become vulnerable to predators and the elements.
But thanks to the swift action of a local non-profit organization called Sea Turtle Inc., and a team of dedicated volunteers, nearly 950 turtles were rescued from the frigid waters.
“What an incredible week!” exclaimed the non-profit spearheading the rescue in a social media post. “We are overwhelmed with thanks to every member of our community who played a crucial role in this momentous effort.”
“The success of this rescue is a testament to the kindness and generosity that define our community,” the post continued.
“Whether you gave time, resources, or simply offered words of encouragement, know that your contribution played a vital role in helping us through last week’s challenging conditions.”
The volunteers worked tirelessly over several days, searching beaches and coves for stranded turtles.
Once found, the turtles were carefully transported to Sea Turtle Inc.’s rehabilitation facility, where they were given medical attention and monitored until they were strong enough to return to the ocean.
Nearly all of the rescued turtles were released back into the ocean within a few weeks. The experience has also highlighted the importance of community involvement in conservation efforts.