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USA: Turtle Power - 25 turtles rescued and flown to safety in Florida01:01

USA: Turtle Power - 25 turtles rescued and flown to safety in Florida

United States, Cape Cod
January 8, 2016 at 01:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Coast guard auxiliary pilots helped to rescue 25 Kemp's Ridley turtles from the cold waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Thursday, after the animals became trapped in cold waters in the arm of Cape Cod while on a journey to warmer waters for winter. Without intervention the rare and endangered sea turtles would have died as they experience a hypothermic reaction in cold temperatures.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association and the New England Aquarium also took part in the rescue operation, which saw the turtles flown to Orlando, Florida, where they were released into warmer waters.

The turtles were loaded into special insulated boxes to keep them warm during the flight as they need to be kept at a temperature of between 20 (68) and 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) while in flight.

The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, also known as the Atlantic Ridley sea turtle, is the rarest species of sea turtle in the world and is critically endangered. Each winter the turtles migrate south to warmer waters off the Gulf of Mexico and Florida.

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Coast guard auxiliary pilots helped to rescue 25 Kemp's Ridley turtles from the cold waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Thursday, after the animals became trapped in cold waters in the arm of Cape Cod while on a journey to warmer waters for winter. Without intervention the rare and endangered sea turtles would have died as they experience a hypothermic reaction in cold temperatures.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association and the New England Aquarium also took part in the rescue operation, which saw the turtles flown to Orlando, Florida, where they were released into warmer waters.

The turtles were loaded into special insulated boxes to keep them warm during the flight as they need to be kept at a temperature of between 20 (68) and 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) while in flight.

The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, also known as the Atlantic Ridley sea turtle, is the rarest species of sea turtle in the world and is critically endangered. Each winter the turtles migrate south to warmer waters off the Gulf of Mexico and Florida.

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