Cold-stunning causes a variety of internal and external effects and they can become so lethargic, they simply float on the surface of the water, where they can be struck by boats or wash ashore. These turtles were brought to Gulfport, where they are being thoroughly examined, fed, warmed, and cared for until they are strong enough to return to the wild and hunt independently, which could take two to eight months. Dr. Moby Solangi tells News 25 why it’s so important to help these beautiful sea creatures.
Dr. Solangi says, “A hatchling has a one in ten thousand chance of becoming an adult, so every adult that we save of this long lived species is extremely important for the recovery of the species in the wild.”
This species is the most endangered sea turtle in the world, and Dr. Solangi and his staff are glad that the Gulf Coast could share in their recovery