Prescott stated 227 cold-stunned turtles have been recovered from the Gulf of Maine since Wednesday, however solely 54 lived. Mass Audubon, the biggest nature conservation nonprofit in Massachusetts, frequently patrols the seashores this time of 12 months on the lookout for cold-stunned turtles, Prescott stated.
However this was many greater than they anticipated, he stated.
“This was approach too chilly,” Prescott stated. “All the things was slushy by yesterday morning. A few of them are small. It did not take lengthy for them to freeze.”
Most sea turtles migrate between areas the place they will discover meals and areas the place they can provide beginning, and sometimes to hotter waters, in accordance with SEE Turtles, a conservation tourism venture that goals to guard sea turtles.
Prescott instructed CNN he attributes the deaths of the turtles to world warming.
“The Gulf of Maine previous to 2010 was too chilly for sea turtles to come back into,” he stated.