There has become a yearly tradition for marine biologists and wildlife volunteers along the Massachusetts coast. Dozens of ‘cold-shocked’ sea turtles should be rescued from the shores of Cape Cod with the arrival of the holiday season, every year.
Rescuers have saved 120 sea turtles from Cape Cod beaches, over the weekend. CapeCod.com reported that the occurrence of strandings has taken place within a time period of 12 hours. Volunteers with Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary have discovered that 60% of the turtles were still alive.
While speaking to the Boston Globe, Bob Prescott, a spokesman with the sanctuary, said that it was quite less than what happens usually at this time of year. Prescott mentioned that his volunteers were quite fussy regarding rescuing any turtle that has a spark of life.
This year, over 200 had been saved already, ever since lost and weary turtles started washing ashore in November. Caretakers rehabilitated a record 1,200 turtles previous year.
The turtles that have been rescued included mostly Kemp's ridley turtles, a seriously endangered species, and were the ones that were left behind by their peers, trapped in the choppy, freezing waters of the Cape Cod Bay.
They feed in the waters all summer, and afterwards most of the sea turtles take a ride and on warm water currents towards Florida for the winter. However, with the temperature drop a number of them get lost and disoriented caught up north.
According to researchers the warmer than average air and water temperatures this year were the reason why there were lesser strandings and why most of the stranded turtles managed to stay alive.