Winter Storm Blamed for Sea Turtle Deaths

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. The winter storm that struck northwest Florida is being blamed for the deaths of pelicans, sea turtles and other wildlife.

More than 130 cold-stunned endangered and threatened sea turtles were rescued Thursday and Friday. About a dozen more were found dead including some from St. Joseph’s Bay near Cape San Blas in Gulf County and at the Gulf Islands National Seashore east of Pensacola.

A Florida wildlife official says most of the turtles being found are green sea turtles. They will be taken to the Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach to recover and be released sometime next week.

The storm covered much of the western Florida Panhandle with ice and snow.

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