‘Cold-stunned’ sea turtles rescued along Cape Cod

Courtesy of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Cold-stunned Kemps ridley sea turtle is measured and weighed at Mass Audubons Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Nine stranded sea turtles were recovered from beaches along Cape Cod on Election Day, marking the beginning of the cold-stunned sea turtle rescue season for volunteers.

The eight live turtles will be treated at the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy and the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary said in a statement.

Rescuers found seven live “cold-stunned” Kemp’s ridley turtles, the world’s most endangered sea turtles, on beaches from Eastham to Brewster, said Jenette Kerr, an Audubon spokeswoman.

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