Turtles washing up ‘cold-stunned’ at Jersey Shore as wintry weather arrives

Ridley's sea turtle

CBS – Turtles are washing ashore along the East Coast according to officials at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine, New Jersey.

“Now that the colder weather is setting in, please remember that turtles will sometimes strand as a result of being cold-stunned,” officials explain.

Cold-stunning is a reaction that turtles have when exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time. Turtles can’t acclimate to temperatures below the mid-60s and must migrate towards warmer waters to stay safe.

“If turtles don’t make their way down south, they’ll be subject to coldstunning,” explains Bob Schoelkopf, the director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. “It happens every winter.” …

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