Cold Stunned Turtle Update 1/12/2015
Via Dr. Donna Shaver Today (12 January 2015), 21 cold stunned green turtles were found on the Texas coast. Yesterday, 98 cold stunned sea turtles were located in Texas. So far during the 2014-2015 cold stunning season (from 13 November 2014 through 12 January 2015), 408 cold stunned sea turtles have been found in Texas, including the following: All were green turtles except for two loggerheads, one Kemp’s ridley, and one hawksbill turtle. Area Total Galveston Area/ Inshore 19 Lavaca/San Antonio Bay 35 Copano Bay 6 San Jose Island 2 Mustang Island/Aransas Pass 40 Upper Laguna Madre/Corpus Christi Bay 205 Padre Island National Seashore Gulf Beach 3 Lower Laguna Madre 98 Boca Chica Beach 0 TOTAL 408 Condition Total Alive 345 Dead 63 TOTAL 408 Thank you to staff and volunteers from the National Park Service, ARK, Sea Turtle, Inc., Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Sea World San Antonio, NOAA-Fisheries, Texas Sea Life Center, Texas Master Naturalists, Gladys Porter Zoo, University of Texas, Texas State Aquarium, other organizations, and private citizens for their help to find, document, rehabilitate, and release cold stunned turtles on the Texas coast this year.