More turtles take refuge at Clearwater Aquarium

8:53 PM, Jan 9, 2010   |    comments
The Clearwatyer Marine Aquarium is caring for 23 "cold stun" sea turtles.
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Clearwater, Florida -- Eight more turtles suffering "cold stun" have been brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for care.

The latest refugees were delivered Saturday evening by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It reported more than 370 sea turtles have been stranded in the state as a result of the cold weather.

The number of new turtles at the Clearwater aquarium is now 23.

"Cold stun" occurs when the temperature of the water drops below the turtles normal body temperature. Their metabolic rate drops and they stop swimming and eating, and end up floating and sometimes washing ashore, the aquarium said.

The aquarium itself is receiving help to keep its pools warm during the record cold.

A local pool company, AquaCal, loaned $45,000 worth of heaters to maintain temperatures for the new turtles, as well as the aquarium's regular denizens, including celebrity dolphins Panama and Winter.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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