Gulf World Marine Institute helps cold-stunned sea turtles

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf World Marine Institute has some new patients. 14 young sea turtles from St. Joseph bay have been "cold-stunned" as a result of the recent frigid weather.

Young sea turtles from St. Joseph Bay are in rehabilitation from being "cold-stunned" due to recent frigid temperatures. (WJHG/WECP)

Experts at Gulf World said when the temperature drops below 50 degrees, that's when sea turtles get too cold and can't move around properly.

Gulf World stranding coordinator Lauren Albrittain said they haven't seen as many cold-stunned turtles from our area this year.

"14 is really not that many for us, in 2018 the total event was about 12 hundred turtles, so 14 is okay. It is pretty common to see some cold-stunned, we just don't know how many until the year starts," said Albrittain.

She also said if you are on the water and notice a sea turtle struggling, you should not try to take matters into your own hands.

"Make sure that you call the appropriate authorities, the easiest way is to dial star or pound F-W-C on your cell phone and they will direct you from there," Albrittain said.

Albrittain said, depending on experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, these sea turtles could be back in their natural habitat soon.

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