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Cape Cod Sea Turtles Rehabbing In South Florida

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A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Source: Tom Longo/Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Source: Tom Longo/Loggerhead Marinelife Center)

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FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – There’s nothing like a sunny vacation in southern Florida in the middle of December – especially if you’re a sea turtle from the Cape Cod area.

Five sea turtles taken from the frigid waters of Cape Cod are recovering at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach.  Another 30 are rehabbing at Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota, SeaWorld, the Florida Aquarium and the Marine Science Center in Volusia County.

They were among the nearly 150 found almost frozen to death in Boston and taken for treatment to the New England Aquarium.

New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse said that juvenile sea turtles become stranded on Cape Cod beaches during the annual southern migration. He calls it a “deadly bucket” in frigid waters that are too cold for turtles to feed.

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