GULFPORT — Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild.
Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp’s ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition — like human hypothermia — can be fatal.
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans says it received 27 of the turtles on Monday. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies director Moby Solangi says 32 are in Gulfport.
The Sun Herald reports that the New England Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue team sent a total of 85, with others going to Gulf World in Panama City, Florida.
Many juvenile Kemp’s ridleys live in shallow Gulf waters, including the Mississippi Sound.
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