Cold-stunned 350-pound turtle is rescued by Cape Cod officials who found it unresponsive

‘One lucky turtle!’ Cold-stunned 350-pound loggerhead is rescued by officials who found it unresponsive on its back

  • An adult loggerhead turtle was found cold-stunned on a Cape Cod beach
  • The turtle was found stranded on its back, which was hindering his breathing 
  • It was quickly taken to an aquarium, where experts are treating him
  • Typically juveniles are found cold-stunned in the fall, so it is rare to see an adult 

An ‘extremely rare’ 350-pound loggerhead turtle was rescued on a Cape Cod beach, after officials found it cold-stunned and unable to breathe on the shore.

The reptile was among more than 150 other turtles have been stranded on beaches in the area over a course of a few days, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The massive loggerhead was quickly transported to the sanctuary and then transferred to New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center where it is currently being treated.

Officials say it is very rare for an adult sea turtle to be stranded in the fall – a majority that become cold-stunned are typically juveniles.

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An 'extremely rare' 350-pound loggerhead turtle was rescued on a Cape Cod beach, after officials found it cold-stunned and unable to breathe on the shore

An ‘extremely rare’ 350-pound loggerhead turtle was rescued on a Cape Cod beach, after officials found it cold-stunned and unable to breathe on the shore

Sea turtles are found stranded during the fall when they are unable to make their way out of Cape Cod Bay while migrating to warmer waters, USA Today reports.

Although it is not uncommon for a large adult loggerhead, officials say such events only occur in the colder months starting in December.

Officials do not suspect it was the cold water that stun the turtle, but suggest something may have happened before he washed up on shore.

The turtle, which is believed to be about 30 years old, was first discovered laying on its back on the beaches of Truro.

The group helped gather the turtle in a blanket and transport it to the Aquarium for treatment. While rescuers secure the loggerhead in an orange covering, someone in the video comments how 'this is one lucky turtle'

The group helped gather the turtle in a blanket and transport it to the Aquarium for treatment. While rescuers secure the loggerhead in an orange covering, someone in the video comments how ‘this is one lucky turtle’

This compromising position puts all the turtle’s body weight directly on its lungs, which inhibited the creatures breathing.

The Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary posted a video on Facebook showing a team rescuing the 350-pound loggerhead.

The group helped gather the turtle in a blanket and transport it to the Aquarium for treatment.

While rescuers secure the loggerhead in an orange covering, someone in the video comments how ‘this is one lucky turtle.’

The turtle, which is believed to be about 30 years old, was first discovered laying on its back on the beaches of Truro. This compromising position puts all the turtle's body weight directly on its lungs, which inhibited the creatures breathing. It is now at an aquarium for treatment

The turtle, which is believed to be about 30 years old, was first discovered laying on its back on the beaches of Truro. This compromising position puts all the turtle’s body weight directly on its lungs, which inhibited the creatures breathing. It is now at an aquarium for treatment

Boston.com shared that veterinarians and biologists at the aquarium have been treating the turtle with mediation and replenishing his fluids in a bid to stabilize him.

Aquarium officials posted photos of the loggerhead on Facebook, saying he came in only ‘minimally responsive and was not initiating breaths on his own.’

Doctors went to work as soon as the turtle came in, taking blood tests and x-rays with hopes of determining what stranded the massive reptile on the shore. 

The goal is to nurse the turtle back to health as quickly as possible and return him to the wild

The goal is to nurse the turtle back to health as quickly as possible and return him to the wild

The goal is to nurse the turtle back to health as quickly as possible and return him to the wild.

Dr. Charles Innis, The New England Aquarium’s Director of Animal Health told NBC Boston: ‘The odds of this turtle even existing right now are quite low.’

‘So once we get an adult in the population and they’re successful in the population, we want to make sure they stay there.

Loggerhead turtles get their name from their massive heads that hold powerful jaw muscles, which they use to crush their prey.

This specific turtle is rarely hunted, but its population is on the decline in the US due to bycatch in fishing gear.

source: dailymail.co.uk

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