Sea turtle hospital news: Reader’s Choice Awards includes our center

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 02:32 PM.

It’s not snowing, but …

It’s cold outside, and that can be deadly if you’re a sea turtle still hanging out along the coast. Sea turtles are cold-blooded and cannot regulate their body temperature. That’s why a cold-stunned turtle can sometimes appear to be dead — it’s literally unable to move its flippers, head and often even close its eyes. You can help us by removing the turtle from the beach or water and placing it in an unheated area such as your garage, car or utility room. Do not try to warm it up! That could cause the turtle to go into shock. The N.C. state hotline for any stranding is: 252-241-7367 and the call will be picked up 24/7.  Locally, if you come across any turtle in distress you can text or phone our director, Jean Beasley, at 910-470-2800 or our beach director, Terry Meyer, at 910-470-2880. Please report any and all local sea turtle activity (strandings, injured or sick turtles) immediately to Jean or Terry.

Questions, comments, suggestions

Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions re: this column to me at: flippers@att.net. This column is in the off-season schedule of publication of every other week. To be added to the newsletter list e-mail me at the same address: flippers@att.net. If your e-mail address has recently changed please send me your new one so I can update my master list. I’ve been adding everyone who requests the newsletter which is a work in progress.

 

Karen Sota is the volunteer media coordinator for the Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach.



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