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Staff Prepares for Cold-Stunned Turtles

Reprinted from the Outer Banks Voice

The chilliest temperatures of the season are expected at the end of the week, and that could be bad news for sea turtles still in our coastal waters.

Assistant Curator Kristin Clark examines a cold-stunned turtle at the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island earlier this year. Photo: North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island

Assistant Curator Kristin Clark examines a cold-stunned turtle at the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island earlier this year. Photo: North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island

Staff members at the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island say they are prepared for the possibility of another major cold-stunning event.

Last January, the center was inundated with hundreds of cold-stunned turtles when water temperatures rapidly dropped.

 The chances of cold stunning rise whenever water temperatures fall below 50 degrees, according to the center. Nighttime temperatures are forecast dip to near or below freezing Thursday night and only reach the low 40s during the day Friday and Saturday.

Center staff say they have plenty of supplies, like towels and totes, that were donated last winter. But their biggest need still is money to help buy medications and medical supplies.

Donations can be made online at ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island; use the code SEATURTLE2016.

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