Sea turtles, some dead, some barely alive, wash ashore

Ben Thyng

Ben Thyng

A lot of them were juvenile Kemp's ridley, the most endangered, and smallest, species of tropical sea turtles, with some green and loggerhead turtles as well.

A MA wildlife sanctuary director tells the Cape Cod Times that at least 219 turtles washed ashore Wednesday through Friday on Cape Cod beaches.

More than 200 frozen turtles - many of them dead - have been washed ashore in New England, victims of a sudden cold snap, according to staff at a nearby wildlife sanctuary.

Of the 82 turtles found on Thanksgiving, only one survived.

Out of more than 400 cold-stunned turtles that have been brought into the sanctuary this year, only 87 have been alive, Kerr told the local newspaper.

Turtles can become trapped in the hook-shaped cape that's hard for them to negotiate.

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They were six strokes behind. "To be honest, I didn't think we would finish today. And we made some really good recovery shots out of bunkers to save par".

Temperatures in the areas near Cape Cod Bay dropped from lows in the high 30s on Wednesday to lows around 19 degrees on Thursday, while a gale warning was in effect on the coast of MA, forecasts showed.

Prescott believes a warming trend in the Gulf of ME has allowed the turtles to delay migration south.

Approximately 190 turtles died as a "once in a lifetime weather system" of powerful winds, freezing temperatures and a high tide worked to incapacitate the sea creatures in the past few days, the Massachusetts Audubon Society told NBC News.

Wildlife workers and volunteers began rescuing cold-stunned turtles beginning last month. But this week has been the deadliest so far.

Stranding season - when tropical turtles become stranded in the bay's frigid waters and their metabolisms shut down - usually spans from Thanksgiving to Christmas, according to the Cape Cod Times.

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