Volunteers And Community Come Together To Rescue 950 Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles.

A two-photo collage. The first shows a smiling woman on a beach as she carries a large sea turtle. The second photo shows a large number of sea turtles inside a facility. Some are placed in kiddie pools.

For nearly 50 years, Sea Turtle Inc. has worked hard to rescue and rehabilitate turtles. Still, even they’re blown away by how many turtles needed their help last weekend at South Padre Island in Texas. When the temperature drops severely, these creatures experience a cold-stunning event. In other words, it’s so cold that a sea turtle can no long regulate their own body temperature.

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This, of course, is life-threatening. According to the Sea Turtle Inc. website, during these times, a turtle is awake but unable to move or swim. This also means that drowning is possible. Thankfully, though, they got help just in time.

Cold Sea Turtle Rescue is a Success

@kimbok65 Over the last 3 days, Sea Turtle Inc of South Padre Island, the staff, volunteers, and community came together to save about 950 cold stunned sea turtles. Stay tuned for the public release of these magnificent creatures! We feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing group of turtle angels! #gulfcoast #texasbeachlife #southpadreisland #spi #beachvibes #islandparadise #protectseaturtles #turtlelove #savetheseaturtles #seaturtles #turtle #turtles #oceanlife #atlanticgreen #seaturtlerescue #protectmarinelife #turtleconservation #onemoreexclamation ♬ original sound – kimbok65

Over the course of four days, staff of Sea Turtle Inc. along with volunteers and others in the community rallied together to save these turtles. In doing so, a whopping 950 were rescued! This makes it the second largest cold-stunning for the non-profit.

Once the temperatures were back to a safe level, those same folks came together to return these sweet turtles back to their homes. Needless to say everyone is happy with how everything turned out — including the once cold sea turtles!

@kimbok65 THE LARGEST COLD STUN PUBLIC RELEASE IN THE HISTORY OF SEA TURTLE INC! Over the last 4 days, Sea Turtle Inc of South Padre Island, the staff, volunteers, and community came together to save about 950 cold stunned sea turtles. What a fantastic organization – Sea Turtle, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Ila Fox Loetscher, better known as “The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island.” She’s celebrating in heaven as she watches her work continue. #gulfcoast #texasbeachlife #southpadreisland #spi #beachvibes #islandparadise #protectseaturtles #turtlelove #savetheseaturtles #seaturtles #turtle #turtles #oceanlife #atlanticgreen #seaturtlerescue #protectmarinelife #turtleconservation #onemoreexclamation ♬ original sound – kimbok65

“The success of this rescue is a testament to the kindness and generosity that define our community,” Sea Turtle Inc. shares on Facebook. “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.”

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