Endangered Sea Turtles Rescued from North Carolina's Outer Banks

MANTEO, N.C., Jan. 6 (UPI) — Dozens of endangered sea turtles are recuperating at a North Carolina aquarium after being rescued from the state’s Outer Banks beaches, an aquarist says.

North Carolina Aquarium aquarist Christian Guerreri said of the 44 sea turtles discovered in recent weeks on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches, four have died and nine were relocated to other rehabilitation facilities, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said Tuesday.

The cold-blooded animals appear to have beached themselves after being stunned by frigid water temperatures. The endangered animals are all either loggerhead, green or kemp’s ridley varieties of sea turtles.

The most recent addition came on Tuesday when one of the turtles was brought to the aquarium’s Network for Endangered Sea Turtles rehabilitation center.

The Virginian-Pilot said last year, 28 sea turtles were found beached in the Outer Banks area due to cold water temperatures.

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