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NC Aquarium helps rescue cold-stunned turtle

Aquarists Matt Babineau (left) and Melissa Johnson (right) (Source: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher) Aquarists Matt Babineau (left) and Melissa Johnson (right) (Source: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher)

Posted by Debra Worley - email

KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Staff at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher rescued a loggerhead sea turtle Monday.

The 116 lb. female turtle was found cold-stunned, floating in the Carolina Beach boat basin. 

Cold-stunning is a process that causes sea turtles to become immobile because of the dramatic decrease in water temperature.  A cold-stunned sea turtle may appear to be dead, but may actually be alive.

Typically cold-stunned and injured sea turtles are taken to the Karen Beasely Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach, but the facility is currently full.

If you see a stranded sea turtle in Kure Beach, call the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project (910) 352-1765.  For a stranded turtle in Carolina Beach call (910) 538-2918.

Experts say to not place the turtle in water or try to warm the turtle.  If you have to leave the area before the rescue team arrives, be sure the location is clearly marked.

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