- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (AP) - A sudden spate of winter weather has taken its toll on sea turtles along the North Carolina coast.

A statement from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources says the sudden cold caught more than 600 turtles in frigid waters near the shore. The turtles couldn’t swim to safety because of their hypothermia-like reaction.

The North Carolina Aquariums have taken in nearly 450 turtles.

In partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, about 200 of the turtles will be transported south for a beach release Friday.

The rest of the turtles will remain in the care of the North Carolina Aquariums and the Turtle Hospital until they’re cleared for release, which could take a few weeks.

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