Frozen turtles killed by global warming

So, it is not the plastic bags, or the plastic straws (turtle snorkels) killing the turtles, it is simply weather delivering a sudden cold snap that is catching them out and basically freezing the poor critters.? This from ABC. Quote.

In just one morning, dozens of “frozen solid” sea turtles were discovered washed up on beaches in the north of the United States, with wildlife volunteers saying most were beyond saving.

More than 80 turtles were found on the shores of multiple beaches in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts on Thursday.

Most of the turtles were dead, Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary communications coordinator Jenette Kerr told the Cape Cod Times.

We are at well over 400 cold-stunned turtles [this year] ? 82 today, the vast majority of them frozen solid,” Ms Kerr said on Thursday.

Volunteers counted 87 beach turtles the day before, but the majority of them were still alive.

The difference was a drastic change in weather on Wednesday night, bringing low temperatures and high wind speeds.

This sudden temperature drop was blamed for Thursday’s turtle death toll.

“Their flippers are outstretched, as if they were frozen as they tried to swim,” Ms Kerr said.

The sanctuary prepares for what is known as cold-stun season each year, as water temperatures plummet with the onset of winter.

Once their body temperature gets down to about 10 degrees Celsius, their metabolism begins to shut down.

Immobilised in their hypothermic state, the turtles drift along the water current and are washed ashore by storms and strong winds.

But beached turtles aren’t given a reprieve once they get to shore, with the cold air and wind chill making the situation worse.

Cold-stun season occurs annually but volunteers noticed that, this year, it started earlier than before when four immobile turtles were rescued in one day.

“October 22 was the official start to the cold-stun sea turtle season on the Cape, a relatively early start,” a sanctuary spokesperson wrote in a blog post.

“Given that the bay temperature was still relatively warm, finding our first cold turtles was a bit of a surprise.

“Still, we had had inklings that the turtles were on their way.”

Later that week, volunteers rescued 20 turtles in a single day. […]

On one day, the staff were given 56 turtles.

The turtles are slowly rewarmed, treated and monitored by the aquarium’s medical staff, before being released in warmer locations further south.

But some turtles aren’t so lucky.

And now the rescue missions are hampered by even cooler temperatures.

Beaches have started to freeze over, making it too dangerous for volunteers.

The only hope for the turtles is a break in the cold snap.

“If they come in and the temperature rises a bit, there’s a much better chance of survival,” Ms Kerr.? End quote.

In another article we find out why it is really global warming that kills the turtles.?Quote.

A total of 173 sea turtles died off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, this week because of the extreme cold, according to Mass Audubon Director Bob Prescott.

Prescott said 227 cold-stunned turtles were recovered from the Gulf of Maine since Wednesday, but only 54 lived. Mass Audubon, the largest nature conservation nonprofit in Massachusetts, regularly patrols the beaches this time of year looking for cold-stunned turtles, Prescott said.

But this was many more than they expected, he said.

“This was way too cold,” Prescott said. “Everything was slushy by yesterday morning. Some of them are small. It didn’t take long for them to freeze.”

Most sea turtles migrate between areas where they can find food and areas where they can give birth, and typically to warmer waters, according to SEE Turtles, a conservation tourism project that aims to protect sea turtles.

Prescott told CNN he attributes the deaths of the turtles to global warming.

“The Gulf of Maine prior to 2010 was too cold for sea turtles to come into,” he said. End quote.

Really?? Shall we look at the numbers?? The warmest month for sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine is August – presumably, that must be when the turtles are lured in by the “global warming” high temperatures.

So let’s see what it was prior to 2010.? Data goes back to 2009 on this website.

Yeah/Nah. We will call that a fail Mr Prescott.? It seems that the turtles simply did not get the memo that it was time to head south for the winter in time.