Winter storm blamed for sea turtle deaths

6:20 PM, Feb 1, 2014   |    comments
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The winter storm that struck the Florida Panhandle is being blamed for the deaths of pelicans, sea turtles and other wildlife.

The Pensacola News Journal reports more than 130 cold-stunned endangered and threatened sea turtles were rescued Thursday and Friday. About a dozen more were found dead, including some from the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

A Florida wildlife official says most of the turtles being found are green sea turtles. They will be taken to the Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach to recover and be released sometime next week.

The storm covered much of the western Florida Panhandle with ice and snow. At least two people died in collisions.


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