Girl Scouts take Aquarium’s “Sea Turtle Care” Tour

By / Life on the Island / Sunday, 24 January 2016 05:00

This past Sunday Girl Scouts from Troops 867, snd 901 visited the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for a special “sea turtle care” tour. Aquarium Staff have been caring for eleven green sea turtles that were injured in a mass cold-stunning event along the N.C. coast last week. Special Activities Instructor Lauren Donald led the Girl Scouts on their behind the scenes tour where they learned about the medical care that had been administered, special diets, monitoring and rehabilitation plans for the endangered sea turtles. As many as 600 sea turtles were rescued after becoming ill from prolonged exposure to cold water temperatures in near-shore waters of the Atlantic. The extraordinary number of rescued turtles is requiring extensive collaboration with wildlife organizations, rehabilitation facilities and aquariums in the state offering space and resources to care for the sick animals.
“This type of critical situation could negatively impact the vulnerable sea turtle population,” said Aquarium Curator Julie Johnson. “While we’re not a sea turtle rescue facility, our staff has the expertise to assist in this type of crisis and help save these animals.”
Sea turtles are reptiles and cannot control their own body temperatures. Cold-stunned turtles become lethargic, experience decreased circulation and heart rates, and may die.
They are susceptible to respiratory illness, animal attacks, bacterial and fungal infections. Serious cuts and abrasions may occur if the animal is washed ashore.

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