Greensboro Science Center rehabs cold-stunned turtles

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — In a back room at the Greensboro Science Center, twin blue tubs serve as temporary housing for four special guests — endangered green sea turtles recuperating from a sudden temperature drop off the North Carolina coast that left hundreds of the reptiles in water too cold for them to swim.

The turtles were “cold-stunned,” a condition similar to hypothermia that occurs when water temperature changes before cold-blooded reptiles, including turtles, can migrate to warmer areas.

When that happens, a turtle stops swimming and just floats with the current. Some wash up on shore while others can become prey.

According to estimates, more than 600 turtles were cold-stunned off the coast this month, including the four recuperating at the science center.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record