- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Experts say dozens of sea turtles have washed up along the shores of Long Island due to cold weather.

Kim Durham of the Foundation for Marine Preservation tells WCBS-TV (cbsloc.al/1Ofhija) that nearly 40 sea turtles have washed up frozen in the last month, suffering “cold stunning.”

She says the group has nursed 13 back to life, but 25 have died.

Marine experts say unusually warmer temperatures have kept the turtles from migrating south. Turtles are cold-blooded, and their hearts beat faster as their body temperatures fall in colder conditions.

The Riverhead Foundation is asking the public not to touch the turtles as they can warm up too quickly and go into thermal shock.


Information from: WCBS-TV, https://www.cbs2ny.com

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