What to Do if You Find a Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle

Helpful info from Town of Barnstable...
Barnstable talks cold-stunned sea turtles... (Town of Barnstable photo)

From the Town of Barnstable:

What to Do If You Find a Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle?

It is very important to recover these stranded turtles as quickly as possible. Do not assume a turtle is dead—turtles that appear lifeless are often still alive. If you come across a stranded sea turtle on the beach, please follow these simple steps:
1. Move the turtle above the high tide line. Never grab or hold the turtle by the head or flippers.
2. Cover it with dry seaweed or wrack.
3. Mark it with an obvious piece of debris—buoys, driftwood, or branches.
4. Call the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary hotline at 508-349-2615 x6104.

Sea turtles are federally protected under the Endangered Species Act; as such, it is illegal to harass sea turtles or transport them without a permit.


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