One of the green sea turtles at Ripley’s Aquarium Marine Science Building swims in the holding tank on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Sean Boyd, the senior aquarist, said Ripley’s is helping to rehabilitate eight green sea turtles rescued from the North Carolina coast. He said the weather changed rapidly and “cold stunned” about 1,300 turtles causing them to become lethargic, lose body temperature and possibly get sick. Although some of the turtles died, he said, many were rescued and several facilities are participating in the rehabilitation. Ripley’s is helping with the eight and once they gain a few more pounds, are cleared of any illness and barnacles scraped off, Boyd said, the turtles will be transported to Florida where they will be released in warmer water. Boyd said it should take two weeks to a month to complete the rehabilitation.
One of the green sea turtles at Ripley’s Aquarium Marine Science Building swims in the holding tank on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Sean Boyd, the senior aquarist, said Ripley’s is helping to rehabilitate eight green sea turtles rescued from the North Carolina coast. He said the weather changed rapidly and “cold stunned” about 1,300 turtles causing them to become lethargic, lose body temperature and possibly get sick. Although some of the turtles died, he said, many were rescued and several facilities are participating in the rehabilitation. Ripley’s is helping with the eight and once they gain a few more pounds, are cleared of any illness and barnacles scraped off, Boyd said, the turtles will be transported to Florida where they will be released in warmer water. Boyd said it should take two weeks to a month to complete the rehabilitation. JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com
One of the green sea turtles at Ripley’s Aquarium Marine Science Building swims in the holding tank on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Sean Boyd, the senior aquarist, said Ripley’s is helping to rehabilitate eight green sea turtles rescued from the North Carolina coast. He said the weather changed rapidly and “cold stunned” about 1,300 turtles causing them to become lethargic, lose body temperature and possibly get sick. Although some of the turtles died, he said, many were rescued and several facilities are participating in the rehabilitation. Ripley’s is helping with the eight and once they gain a few more pounds, are cleared of any illness and barnacles scraped off, Boyd said, the turtles will be transported to Florida where they will be released in warmer water. Boyd said it should take two weeks to a month to complete the rehabilitation. JANET BLACKMON MORGAN jblackmon@thesunnews.com

‘Cold stunned’ sea turtles land helping hand from Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach

January 21, 2016 10:32 PM