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Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:04 PM

Texas Game Wardens rescue cold stunned sea turtles

Texas Game Wardens rescue cold stunned sea turtles


Like all reptiles, sea turtles are ectothermic (cold-blooded) and cannot regulate their body temperature. If water temperatures drop below approximately 50°F (10°C), sea turtles become lethargic and are unable to swim. They float up to the surface and become vulnerable to boat strikes or wash ashore and become stranded. If not rescued quickly, these defenseless animals often die of shock, predation, or trauma due to boat strike.

The freezing temperatures across the country aren’t just hard on the humans.

Texas game wardens have rescued 141 sea turtles stunned by the cold waters at the southern tip of the state.

The wardens pulled them from the frigid waters of the Brownsville Ship Channel and surrounding bays, according to their official Twitter account.

Cold stunned is when a sea turtle has become hypothermic due to severe cold weather.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ksla.com/2021/02/17/texas-game-wardens-rescue-cold-stunned-sea-turtles/%3foutputType=amp

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Reply Texas Game Wardens rescue cold stunned sea turtles (Original post)
Budi Feb 17 OP
Doreen Feb 17 #1
Budi Feb 17 #2
Budi Feb 17 #3
mr_lebowski Feb 17 #7
SheltieLover Feb 17 #4
Irish_Dem Feb 17 #5
SheltieLover Feb 17 #8
Irish_Dem Feb 17 #16
Budi Feb 17 #12
Irish_Dem Feb 17 #17
Budi Feb 17 #6
SheltieLover Feb 17 #10
Budi Feb 17 #13
SheltieLover Feb 17 #14
Budi Feb 17 #15
Irish_Dem Feb 18 #19
MustLoveBeagles Feb 17 #9
SheltieLover Feb 17 #11
GulfCoast66 Feb 18 #18

Response to Budi (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:08 PM

1. Texas has done something right.

Glad the turtles are safe now.

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:10 PM

2. From Texas Game Warden Twitter

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Response to Budi (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:25 PM

7. This calls for a song ...

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:14 PM

4. Do you think humans respect Nature yet?

I'm so glad these precious creatures were rescued!

But as a species, humans have refused to alter behavior to avoid the pandemic...

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:18 PM

5. Seems like Mother Nature keeps sending us lessons about respecting her.

She'll be fine, not sure about the humans.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:26 PM

8. It does seem to be a pattern...

Yes, she will be fine & so will the planet, but nothing will be able to live on it.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:54 PM

16. Mother Nature and the planet will be fine for sure.

It's the humans who are in trouble.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:40 PM

12. True. One thing this freak winter storm did do however,..

..it has again exposed wide open, the corruption at the top in Tx govt, the pay to play game they created for profit, with no concern forr those citizens who are left to pay the price.

We seen the underbelly of that corrupt side, and we will also see the good that exists among us.

CEO of ERCOT will either be fired or step doown & somewhere in all of this there will e the eventual demand for a changing of the guard in Tx.

Millions are just at the end of it all & fed up with what they know is true with the current govt.

Sad that it takes a catastrophy to reach that point. But the issue with the lack of energy infrastructure is now being told outside the protected halls of Abbott's govt, & people are pissed.
So be it.

Run Beto


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Response to Budi (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:56 PM

17. Usually takes a tragedy to expose corrupt practices.

Hopefully the outcome will be as you describe.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:24 PM

6. Some humans have. They are often left in as vulnerable a situation as the turtles


So much of this country is good, & so much is for self

I believe we are in the beginning stage where the universe flips the power of good back to the rightful managers of the beautiful planet earth.

It's a slow churn but it is still a righting of this old ship.


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Response to Budi (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:29 PM

10. I love your vision, Budi!

I've been holding that intention for decades!

One of my fav daydreams: how different the world would be had the Native Americans prevailed.

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:44 PM

13. Respect the generous Earth & take only what you need.

It's not really complicated is it?
🙂🥂

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Response to Budi (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:47 PM

14. No it sure isn't!

But respectfulness seems to be sorely lacking for many.

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Response to Budi (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 11:19 AM

19. I hope the 21st century brings about your vision.

And humans finally evolve to their rightful status.

It is the world I see too.

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:27 PM

9. K&R

I'm glad they were rescued.

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Response to MustLoveBeagles (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 17, 2021, 11:30 PM

11. Me too, Beagles!

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Response to Budi (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 12:37 AM

18. It's happened many times in Florida as well.

Once warmed up they are fine and released after things warm up a bit.

Before humans they probably died wholesale. But there were so many more millions of them then it did not damage the population. Before Europeans arrived Florida’s beaches used to be absolutely crawling with turtles during breeding season.

The good news is that the numbers have been looking better for a while.

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