This week’s freezing weather caused Texas sea turtles to get hypothermia

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Have you noticed it’s cold?

The freezing weather across the state (and most of the country) this week has wreaked havoc on Texas’ wildlife, namely sea turtles along the Gulf Coast. According to Texas Monthly, the turtles have been suffering from hypothermia, leading them to float near the surface of the water and endangering them to being eaten by predators or being hit by boats.

The good news, though, is that emergency crews are helping nurse the turtles back to health. According to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, as of Tuesday afternoon, rescue crews had found 41 “cold-stunned” sea turtles in the water along the coast.

In December, the Texas State Aquarium took in more than 100 hypothermia-stricken turtles to rehabilitate them.

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