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Stay warm, Tilly!

Brrrrrr! It’s no secret that the weather is the topic of every conversation this week and for good reason. It’s cold outside and the water is cold too, which can be dangerous for our beloved sea turtles.
Waters at or below 50 degrees can negatively affect our sea turtles, especially in the shallow bay waters. Sea turtles rely on the surrounding water to regulate their body temperature. When the water drops they can experience cold stunning- becoming weak and lethargic.
Yesterday, Captain Alex from Silver King Charters of Destin was able to rescue a juvenile green sea turtle, now named Tilly. Tilly was very lethargic on in-take, with an internal body temperature of 56.5.
”Rescue mission today on the Silver King! During a drive through the harbor I spotted a young sea turtle in distress. Luckily, she let me scoop her up and I gave the Gulfarium CARE Center a call. The Gulfarium worked quickly and met us at the dock to save the turtle. They took her in and said they thought she likely had hypothermia and was in shock because of the cold waters. So far she is doing well after getting fluids and vitamins, and has been named Tilly.” — Captain Alex, Silver King Charters of Destin.
Cold stunned turtle may appear dead but in fact are still alive. If you are out and about this week please keep an eye out on the beach, in the bays, and even around your dock and piers for cold stunned sea turtles. If you come across a turtle that you think may be affected by the cold, please call Florida Fish and Wildlife by dialing *FWC. If you are in the Destin-FWB area you can call the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center stranding hotline directly at 850-243-9046 ex. 34
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