In a normal spring, wildlife officials may assist a half-dozen turtles that get washed up on Texas’ Padre Island National Seashore each month — but this year, after heavy storms, an estimated 100 turtles were stranded in just two weeks.
This estimate was reported by The Associated Press who spoke with Jesse Gilbert, chief operating officer of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. According to Gilbert, the turtles washed ashore were juvenile green sea turtleswho “just couldn’t beat the waves” and were tossed along the shore. The endangered turtle species were caught in the high tides and flooding that hit sections of the Gulf coast after the storms and found themselves stranded on Padre Island National Seashore.
The green sea turtles were gathered by wildlife officials and transported to the aquarium for rest and care, with Gilbert explaining, “They literally just looked exhausted. They were a little bit dehydrated.” After letting the endangered turtles recover, around 80 were released into the Gulf of Mexico last Thursday with the rest planned to be returned this week.
The storm hit the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma and the Central Plains, according to Meteorologist Kevin Wagner in Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service began issuing 11 days of coastal flooding advisories starting on May 12 as reported by The Associated Press.
Read more: https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/100-endangered-sea-turtles-stranded-on-the-coast-of-texas-after-storms