Turtle hospital news: Volunteers provide needed service with a smile

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 14:12 PM.

On Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. we are hosting local organizations from the towns Holly Ridge, Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach and Surf City that have been so instrumental in getting us where we are today. Fire, police and rescue, members of all town hall staffs and elected officials (and members of their immediate families) can tour the hospital free of charge. It’s our chance to show our appreciation to all the towns and their staffs who have supported us over the years. Watch this column and our Facebook page for possible, additional opportunities for public tours over the next months. 

Here they come

We admitted another nine (as of this writing) cold-stunned turtles of various species, sizes and conditions. The vast majority of them recover, some sooner than others. Because all new admits must be kept quarantined in Sea Turtle Sick Bay for 60 days before either moving into the “big room” (or catching a ride on a ship headed for the Gulf Stream) all that glorious space we thought we had is now getting a bit crowded. 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 email address has recently changed please send me your new one so I can update my master list.

 

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



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