- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Two sea turtles struggling with cold have been found and taken to a rehabilitation facility on Long Island, though one didn’t survive.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation says the Atlantic green sea turtles were rescued, separately, on Friday. They were what’s called “cold-stunned,” a condition similar to hypothermia.

The foundation’s Facebook page says one turtle was found on a Southampton beach, and the other in Mattituck. Both had heart rates around 10 beats per minute and body temperatures under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Healthy turtles average a heart rate of 25 to 35 beats per minute and a body temperature around 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spokeswoman Rachel Bosworth tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1lFa2p3 ) that biologists couldn’t save the turtle found in Mattituck. It died overnight.


Online: https://www.riverheadfoundation.org/


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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