Turtle hospital news - Focus remains on patient care

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 03:12 PM.

Public tours on hold

Public tours are on hold until further notice. Visit our Facebook page (The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center) for possible opportunities for public tours over the next few months.  

The cold continues

We keep getting the calls, so we keep adding tanks. Our ICU is filling up fast with chilled-to-the-bone patients. 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 NC 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. I’m working on the next edition, but there’s so much to talk about that it’s tough knowing what to include. And Jean continues to work on her “Director’s Message” for the issue. We humbly ask for your patience while we try to get it together. If your e-mail address has recently changed please send me your new one so I can update my master list. 


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