Cold-stunned turtles flown in from Massachusetts for rehabilitation

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gulf World Marine Institute stepped in Monday to help rehab cold-stunned sea turtles.

The turtles were flown in Monday night. (WJHG/WECP)

Monday night officials with the Marine Institute took in 30 cold-stunned sea turtles from the Massachusetts area.

The turtles were flown in on a private plane thanks to the organization Turtles Fly Too.

All 30 were taken back to Gulf World to start their rehabilitation.

Officials say they're happy to step in and help bring the turtles back to health.

"What happens in the Massachusetts area at this time is they actually get an influx of a lot of very sick turtles. By sending them to various facilities throughout the rest of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast, they make new room for more patients to come in on their end," said Lauren Albrittain with Gulf World Marine Institute.

Officials say all turtles are different but it will be at least a few weeks, or even months, before the turtles are ready to be released.

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