“It’s been crazy, with lots and lots of long hours for our staff — some of the staff actually has been sleeping in the facility,” she added. “The community has been very gracious in donating kiddie pools to us, towels, and people out in their boats Thursday.”
When water temperatures drop below 50 degrees, sea turtles enter a state in which they appear comatose, because reptiles cannot control their own body temperatures.
Most of these cold-stunned turtles are juvenile green sea turtles and are found in the Laguna Madre, where they have gone to feed. But those shallow waters can quickly lose heat when a cold front arrives, and the turtles become stranded when they can’t make it back to warmer gulf waters.