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State of Texas
Padre Island National Seashore
News Release
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Release of cold stunned green sea turtles scheduled
for Thursday December 14, 2017 at 11:00 am.

Corpus Christi, Texas - Due to a rapid drop in temperatures last week, many green sea turtles were rescued and rehabilitated by several agencies with much help from volunteers. It is now time to return about 100 of these sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico. Members of the public are invited to come watch the release of cold stunned green turtles at 11:00 am on Thursday December 14. The release will be held in front of the Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore (on North Padre Island), and will be open to the public free-of-charge.

To attend, follow park road 22 out to Padre Island National Seashore, located on North Padre Island. Drive approximately two miles past the entrance station to the Malaquite Visitor Center and park there. Walk through the visitor center complex to the boardwalk and proceed down to the beach, this is where the release will be conducted.

Representatives from the park and other organizations involved in the rescue and care for these turtles will be present and will provide information and instructions about the release starting at 10:45 am.

Park entrance fees will be waived for people attending the release. 

 A cold stunned sea turtle is one that has become hypothermic due to cold weather. Sea turtles are reptiles and cannot regulate their body temperature. When the water temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit they will not be able to swim, increasing the risk of predation and boat strikes. They float to the water’s surface or wash ashore. If not located and protected quickly they often succumb to the elements.

For more information on this release, view our Facebook pages; or or call our recorded Hatchling Hotline (361-949-7163).

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