From: Svea Herbst-Bayliss, Reuters
Published November 27, 2010 07:32 AM

Sea Turtles rescued on Cape Cod

More than two dozen rare sea turtles who were cold, hungry and lost were rescued over the Thanksgiving holiday after having washed ashore on Cape Cod, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium said on Friday.

The Kemp's ridley species of turtles are being treated at an animal care center south of Boston for hypothermia, dehydration, and malnourishment, aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse said.


"These animals are very sick," he said, noting at least half of them are suffering from pneumonia and all have bacterial infections.

Thanks to strong northwest winds earlier this week, the charcoal black turtles weighing between two and eight pounds were washed onto beaches along the upper arm of the Cape, a favorite seaside vacation spot in Massachusetts.

While these types of turtles are typically rescued every year on Cape Cod, LaCasse said this year's situation was unusual because so many animals washed up at one time. Strong northwest winds drove the turtles to shore.

Over the past month volunteers who walk the beaches looking for the animals had found 34 turtles. Over the last two days alone they found about 25, LaCasse said, adding that more are expected to be saved in the next days.

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