USCG Flies Sea Turtles to Safety

Monday, January 11, 2016 by Caroline Casals

When sea turtles find their way to northern cold waters here in the Gulf of Maine, they can become stranded. Sudden cold temperatures shut their bodies down, and they get "cold shock". Volunteers from all over work together to save the turtles, most of which end up at the New England Aquarium.

Loggerhead sea turtle

Recently the New England Aquarium faced a big problem: they have been running out of room for new stranded turtles! Luckily, volunteers from the Coast Guard jumped in to help. They flew the turtles to Florida where they can recover and be released in warmer waters. The Coast Guard Auxilary is a purely volunteer branch of the Coast Guard with 32,000 members in 2015.

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