Cold Stunned Sea Turtles in Rehabilitation at Gulf World Marine Institute

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  1. Teresa

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    More than 80 cold stunned sea turtles are currently in rehabilitation at Gulf World Marine Institute due to the cold snap in the area. Florida Fish and Wildlife, United States Geological Survey and Gulf World Marine Institute are collaborating in the search, rescue, transport and rehabilitation of these sea turtles.

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    When the waters get below 50 degrees in shallow bays and estuaries, sea turtles can become shocked by the frigid temperatures. Rescue groups are currently searching in St. Joe Bay and surrounding areas for these cold stunned sea turtles and are bringing them to GWMI for the proper care.

    “Over the next several days we expect to see additional patients enter rehab. We are estimating around 300 sea turtles to be rescued but that could change with varying temperatures,” says Secret Holmes-Douglas, Director of Gulf World Marine Institute.

    The animals are being examined by veterinary staff and placed in warmer water. We expect the majority to be tagged and released as early as next week in the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This is a team effort and we appreciate everyone involved for working together to save these sea turtles.

    Gulf World is accepting donations of towels, blankets, sheets and kiddie pools. These items can be dropped off at the Gulf World gift shop at 15412 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach, FL 32413.

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    Gulf World Marine Institute manages the rehabilitation of stranded, sick or injured marine mammals and sea turtles. The institute also serves as an environmental educational leader. The Institute has rescued thousands of sick and debilitated marine animals since 1970. The Institute is considered one of the leading rehabilitation facilities in the National Marine Fisheries Services stranding network.

    Aside from rescue and rehabilitation, Gulf World Marine Institute facilitates marine and oceanographic research impacting our environment.

    The Gulf World Marine Institute is a non-profit organization working in tandem with its commercial partner, Gulf World Marine Park.

    Volunteers are always needed. To find out how you can become a volunteer, check out their website. If you love sea turtles, and want to help the Gulf World Marine Institute, you can symbolically adopt featured patients. Caring for animals in rehabilitation is expensive; every adoption will help support the treatment of patients at the Institute.

    Follow Gulf World Marine Institute on Facebook.

    If you see a stranded or deceased dolphin, whale or sea turtle, please immediately report to
    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission: 1-888-404-3922

    You will be speaking with a dispatch operator. Please have a description of the animal’s size, condition, location, and other important information ready.

    Please also report if you see a dolphin, whale or sea turtle acting suspiciously, beaching themselves, or carrying fishing wire entanglements. We very much appreciate your assistance to keep our animals safe!
     
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    Jan 4 2018 Update: Cold Stunned Sea Turtles in Rehabilitation at Gulf World Marine Institute

    Update: By the end of day today GWMI will have 200 sea turtles in rehabilitation. The three species that have entered rehab so far include the Kemps Ridley sea turtle, green sea turtle and loggerhead sea turtle. The majority are stable and some are in critical condition and being monitored by veterinary staff.

    Gulf World is accepting donations of towels, blankets, sheets and kiddie pools. These items can be dropped off at the Gulf World gift shop at 15412 Front Beach Rd. Panama City Beach, FL 32413.

    You can also donate to Gulf World Marine Institute online. GWMI is a 501c3 and your contributions are tax deductible. Rescue and rehabilitation is expensive so your contribution is greatly appreciated.
    Gulf World Marine Institute – Dedicated to Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release

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    Exciting to see our friends from Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach in the news. Gulfarium Care Center of Fort Walton Beach is also part of the story.

    Jan 5 2018

    Hundreds of sea turtles 'cold-stunned' by frigid temperatures in Gulf waters
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    Rescuers are working to warm up hundreds of 'cold-stunned' sea turtles traumatized by cool water temperatures.

    "The Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach had treated 200 cold-stunned turtles by Thursday evening, said Sam Tuno, a spokeswoman for the institute. Many of the turtles came from the shallow water of St. Joseph Bay. Tuno said the turtle species being treated at the institute include Kemps Ridley, green and loggerhead"... USA TODAY story link

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    Read about Gulf World Marine Institute in our SoWal.com feature story Aug 2017: Gulf World Marine Institute Tends to Turtles | SoWal.com

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    UPDATE from our friends at Gulf World Marine Institute...

    Over 850 Cold Stunned Sea Turtles in Rehabilitation at Gulf World Marine Institute

    Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) has received more than 850 cold stunned sea turtles from Bay and Gulf counties into rehab since Tuesday, January 2nd. This is second largest cold stunned event in the panhandle. When the waters get below 50 degrees in shallow bays and estuaries, sea turtles can become shocked by the frigid temperatures. Florida Fish and Wildlife, United States Geological Survey and Gulf World Marine Institute have collaborated in the search, rescue, transport and rehabilitation of these sea turtles. The three species that have entered rehab include the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, green sea turtle and loggerhead sea turtle. The majority of the animals are doing well, with a small number having secondary illnesses for which they are being treated. The first release of these patients into the Gulf of Mexico will be conducted pending warmer weather.

    GWMI is overwhelmed with the positive response and assistance from members of the community donating to this unusual event. GWMI is still being asked for donation ideas so we are putting together an Amazon wish list of materials that are greatly needed for additional housing for these animals. The sea turtles in rehab are a variety of ages and sizes but a significant number are larger and more mature than expected and require more space. Monetary donations are also welcome and will go towards the care of these animals. Donations are accepted at gwmi.info/donate or in the Gulf World gift shop at 15412 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, Fl 32413.

    With another cold snap quickly approaching, additional animals could enter rehab later this week.

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