Friday, December 19, 2014

Turtle troubles

When sea turtles – many of them endangered Kemp’s ridley turtles – linger too long on the United States East Coast as the water turns colder, they wash up stunned and dying on the beach. They are collected, rehabilitated at the New England Aquarium, and those that survive are relocated to warmer waters. But this year the numbers have exploded…and no one knows why. Says Connie Merigo, director of marine animal rescue and rehabilitation at the aquarium. “I’m at a loss for words. A normal year would be 70 to 90. We’re approaching 700.” And that does not include the turtles that didn't make it, whose bodies have been stored for later study. That's depressing, but this is inspiring: a tortoise in a Taiwan zoo flipping over its enclosure-mate when it got in trouble (VIDEO HERE).

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