Hernando deputy rescues sea turtles from cold Gulf waters

Cpl. Stephen Kelly rescues sea turtles who were affected by the cold water

In Gulf County, Fla., sea turtles can be found in high numbers "cold-stunned" on the beach.

"It's been insane, with lots and lots of long hours for our staff - some of the staff actually has been sleeping in the facility", she added.

Temperatures are expected to rise this week, which means that the rescued turtles could be released back into the ocean by Friday. A representative for Gulf World said that "by the end of the day Thursday, they will have almost 200 sea turtles at their facility, and expect at least 300 by the end of the week".

Sea turtles also can appear to suffer a mortal hit of cold weather, but remain very much alive.

At that stage, they become unable to swim and float to the surface where they become vulnerable to boat strikes. They've also made it hard for sea turtles. Twelve have died so far, he said.

The reptiles are going into a state of inactivity and began washing up when the water temperature dips below 50 degrees.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and law enforcement officers live-streamed a video Thursday of them rescuing sea turtles from St. Joseph Bay off the Florida Panhandle.

Turtles will be released at Malaquite Beach on the Padre Island National Seashore, where entrance fees will be waived for those attending the turtle release, according to a news release.

"They are cold-blooded animals so their body temperature gets too cold for their systems to function so they sort of shut down", she said.

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