173 Sea Turtles Die off Cape Cod from Extreme Cold

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mass Audubon Director Bob Prescott has said that 173 sea turtles have died off Cape Cod from extreme cold.

The 173 were part of a group of 227 that were found cold-stunned, from the Gulf of Maine since Wednesday.

While the team regularly visits beaches this time of year to watch for the turtles, they found a lot more than expected.

Sea turtles migrate to reach their spawning beaches, which are limited in numbers. Living in the ocean therefore means they usually migrate over large distances. All sea turtles have large body sizes, which is helpful for moving large distances.

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