Cold Weather Has Sea Turtles in Shock Too Like people, too cold and sea turtles get hypothermia ==============================

South Padre's Laguna Madre's water temperatures are dropping into the 50s which is just too cold for sea turtles.

Sea tTurtle Inc's Jeff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  George says sea turtles are washing
ashore sick.

"Cold water pushes them into hypothermia because they are cold blooded and their body temperature gets so cold so they float to the surface and cannot swim."

Neither can they breathe, unable to lift their heads.

Fortunately, volunteers are bringing them into shelters, not to immerse them in hot water, too shocking, but to lay on mats inside to slowly warm up.

"The worst thing to do is put them in hot water.
It will shock them. They're put on mats
until their body temperature is gradually brought back up."

George says they won't release
them back into the sea yet.

That also has to warm up a bit too.