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Petting Zoo: Cold Stunned Turtles Released Back To The Ocean

Dozens of green sea turtles were released back into the Gulf of Mexico after being cold-stunned. Cold-stunning is a condition in which sea turtles become very weak and inactive from being in cold temperatures, generally when the water falls below 50˚F (10˚C). Cold-stunned turtles become inactive and are eventually unable to swim causing them to float at the surface and can get washed to shore.

Sea turtles are protected and sometimes endangered species, so it's important to get as many back in the water as possible. If you happen to see a turtle that looks stunned

Alexandra Samame was an intern with the education team at Ideastream Public Media for the 2023-2024 academic year.