As many of you are aware by now, the State of Texas was besieged by a winter storm that left many areas covered in snow and ice, and its residents without electric or water services for several days. The wintry blast also greatly impacted its wildlife, notably sea turtles. This week, an unprecedented 7,000+ sea turtles were found cold-stunned in its waters and along its shorelines. Many were already dead, while thousands more required triage and acute medical care.
The facilities mentioned above all have physical locations where turtles receive care, but more importantly, a core staff that works with armies of volunteers who are helping with this unprecedented wildlife event. Thousands of turtles have been triaged and are already cleared for release as soon as coastal temperatures warm, most likely within the next week. Many others will require continued acute and long-term medical care and rehabilitation before their release.
To best assist these efforts, click on the above links as many of these organizations have relief fund campaigns and Amazon Wish Lists of medical and husbandry supplies critical to the turtles’ recovery.
Thank you all for your support of the turtles affected by this historic event.
Photos courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife and Sea Turtles, Inc.
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