When the temperature changes quickly in our typically hot and humid environment, humans aren’t the only ones who get chilly. Sea turtles often times become “cold stunned” during extreme temperature changes. They are accustomed to warmer water temperatures, and if a cold front comes in quickly and unexpectedly, they don’t have the time to move to warmer waters and thus become “stunned” by the cold.

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

Since sea turtles are reptiles and cold blooded, they can’t regulate their body temperature like we can (that’s why we shiver-to warm ourselves up!) and become weak, typically washing up on our bay shores and beaches. Several green sea turtles have recently washed up on our shores as a result of the cold.

Green sea turtles who have been cold stunned this week by our cooler temperatures

Green sea turtles who have been cold stunned by our cooler temperatures

So, if you are  braving the cold weather this winter and spending time near Galveston Bay or our beaches, please make sure to keep a look out for cold stunned turtles. If you happen to see a sea turtle, please report it immediately by calling 1-866-TURTLE-5.

Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 if you see a cold stunned sea turtle

Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 if you see a cold stunned sea turtle

One Response to “Keep an Eye Out For Cold Sea Turtles!”

  1. Hank Nicodemus says:

    Gorilla Exhibit scheduled to open this Spring. Getting real close. Surely, we know by now, where the initial gorillas are coming from zoo wise. Please supply data–very interested–long-time supporter and member.

    Thanks.

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