175 Pound Female Sea Turtle Stranded in Cape Cod Now Recovers at New England Aquarium

BOSTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) — A 175-pound female sea turtle stranded in a Cape Cod, Mass., marsh is recovering from hypothermia at the New England Aquarium, an aquarium spokesman said.

Acadia, as she was named by the aquarium’s biologists, was discovered Sunday evening in the Drummer Cove Pond salt marsh in Wellfleet, Mass., by a Rhode Island man who contacted authorities, The Boston Globe reported.

The turtle was examined at the aquarium Monday. She is now swimming in a large tank with the other turtles and, if deemed healthy enough, will be released into the ocean near the mid-Atlantic states so she can start out in a warmer climate for her migration south, the newspaper said.

It is unusual to find a stranded turtle in Cape Cod at this time of year. Turtles are usually found stranded on Cape Cod in November and tend to be younger turtles weighing four to 10 pounds, aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse said.

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