UF Veterinary School Helps Endangered Sea Turtles
Florida's frigid temperatures have been stunning to sea turtles, and now they need some help.
The endangered green sea turtles were brought in Thursday night from Merritt Island, a few hours southeast of Gainesville.
More than 150 have been sent to research facilities across the state in an effort to help these "cold-stunned" animals.
Researchers say these young turtles typically stay in shallow water and once the water temperature drops to the low 50s problems arise.
While in Gainesville, the turtles will each undergo a number of medical tests before they can be released. Medical costs can reach close to $1,000 per turtle so researchers rely on volunteers to cut costs.
UF researchers said the turtles could be returned back to Merritt Island as early as next week.
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