clearn.png
Saturday June 19th, 2021 5:13AM

Thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles being rescued in Texas

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — Residents, some of whom lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes due to the unusually chilly weather, have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles and taking them to a convention center in a South Texas resort town.

“Every 15 minutes or less there’s another truck or SUV that pulls up," Ed Caum, executive director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

He said sometimes people bring one or two sea turtles, sometimes more. “We had trailers full yesterday coming in that had 80, 100, 50,” he said.

The South Padre Island Convention Center started pitching in Monday when its neighbor, Sea Turtle Inc., could no longer handle the number of sea turtles being dropped off, and their mostly outdoor operation had lost power. He said the convention center itself didn't have power or water till early Wednesday morning.

He says they've “collected” more than 3,500 sea turtles so far. He said he hesitates to use the word rescued because “we know we're going to lose some.”

Caum said that with another cold front approaching, they don't know when they'll be able to return the sea turtles to the water.

Temperatures in the area on Wednesday afternoon were in the 40s. He said it may be Saturday — when temperatures are expected to reach the low 60s (above 15 Celsius) — before the turtles can be released back into the Gulf.

He said with power returned they have been able to bring the convention center's temperature to 60 degrees.

“We’re trying to do the best we can to save as many turtles as possible,” he said.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Strange News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution
Just as vaccine efforts ramp up and gain speed, the icy blast across much of the United States has injected more confusion and frustration into the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive
4:48PM ( 1 minute ago )
Power outages linger for millions as another icy storm looms
Utility crews are racing to restore power to nearly 3.4 million utility customers around the U.S. who are still without electricity in the aftermath of a winter storm
4:47PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ has died
Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died
4:42PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Biden views Valentine's Day decorations on WH lawn
The North Lawn of the White House is covered with giant pink, white and red hearts that resemble the popular Valentine’s Day candy
11:35AM ( 5 days ago )
Aging desktop source of attorney's accidental cat filter
Texas attorney Rod Ponton’s appearance as a fluffy kitten during an online court hearing provided a moment of levity to a Zoom-fatigued world
4:06PM ( 1 week ago )
Attorney's cat filter faux pas brings instant internet fame
Texas attorney Rod Ponton’s appearance as a fluffy kitten during an online court hearing provided a moment of levity to a Zoom-fatigued world
2:50PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Strange News
Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution
Just as vaccine efforts ramp up and gain speed, the icy blast across much of the United States has injected more confusion and frustration into the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive
4:48PM ( 1 minute ago )
Power outages linger for millions as another icy storm looms
Utility crews are racing to restore power to nearly 3.4 million utility customers around the U.S. who are still without electricity in the aftermath of a winter storm
4:47PM ( 3 minutes ago )
Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ has died
Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died
4:42PM ( 7 minutes ago )
Vaccination of whole Brazilian city spares it from shortages
As Brazil’s mayors and governors start sounding the alarm over dwindling supplies of coronavirus vaccines, there are no such complaints in Serrana, a city that Sao Paulo’s state government selected to test city-wide vaccination
4:31PM ( 18 minutes ago )
The Latest: US government seizes over 10M fake N95 masks
Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake N95 masks in recent weeks
4:21PM ( 28 minutes ago )