Volunteers rescue endangerd sea turtles

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Wellfleet, MA -  Mass Audubon volunteer Sue Nourse found two loggerhead turtles stranded on the beaches in Cape Cod.

Yearly, between November and December, warm blooded turtles that fail to swim south for warm winter waters become lethargic - unable to swim, most wash ashore 

Hundreds volunteer yearly, walking Cape Cod beaches day and night. Volunteer organizer Bill Allan has spent 12 years saving turtles.

"We're just basically the difference between life and death of these turtles, if it wasn't for us walking these beaches...these turtles would die on these beaches." 

This year's stranding season of endangered Kemp Ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles has been the busiest in almost 30 years. 

"This year's been a great year with a lot of live turtles - the waters been a little bit warmer, the air's a little bit warmer and it think we've had almost 75% of the turtles have come in alive. Which is phenomenal, usually it's about 40 percent." 

Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary technicians have been busy documenting and assessing turtles.  They are then transferred to the New England Aquarium Animal Care Center outside Boston - there the staff will monitor their recuperation. Thanks to the large number saved this year -overwhelmed aquarium officials shipped turtles south, including 20 to Seaworld Orlando, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

"We got 20 Kemp Ridley sea turtles from the New England Aquarium." 

"Seaworld vet staff and animal care staff will continue to rehab these animals until they're ready for release."  That's one great thing about this field - we all work together, collaborate and help each other in the times of need for the greater good for the animals." 

Courtesy: CNN, Fish TV, New England Aquarium, SeaWorld Orando

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