Riverside, California 2022-05-10 17:34:58 –
Port Alansus, Texas — Since the beginning of April, 52 loggerhead and kemp’s turtles have been washed ashore between Mustang Island and San Jose, 40 of which have died.
“This is a really unusual event. We usually see more grounding at this time of the year, but the five-year average is at least half of what it is today,” said Alicia Walker, coordinator of the Amos Rehabilitation Keep program. increase.
According to Walker, there have been an average of 20.8 grounded turtles in the same period over the last five years. According to Walker, the people of Ark are trying to figure out why they are so high this year.
“We are trying to understand what is happening here. We are taking samples and doing necrosis. Over 40 from each turtle to analyze what is happening. We are taking different samples of this, “she said.
Walker said he didn’t know what was wrong with the turtles, why they were dying, or if they were stuck.
“During the necrosis, we found no wounds or anything that would indicate what was happening,” she said.
Walker feels concerned that these groundings are occurring very close to the nesting season.
“It’s very worrisome, these are larger turtles that are mostly at breeding age or already at breeding age. Therefore, removing them from the population can have a detrimental effect on their recovery. “She said.
ARK planned to return the rehabed turtle to the wild this weekend, but decided to cancel the event due to problems.
“I didn’t want to bring these turtles back into the environment because I didn’t know what was happening and I was affected by what was happening,” Walker said.
If you encounter a stranded turtle, call 1-866-TURTLE5 (1-866-887-8535) and report it to the appropriate authorities.
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