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Cold-Stressed Sea Turtles Flown To Warm Fla. Waters

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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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divine dining 300x225a Cold Stressed Sea Turtles Flown To Warm Fla. Waters

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Cold and even hypothermic, four more sea turtles have been flown from New England to recover in balmy Florida.

SeaWorld officials say the loggerhead sea turtles arrived Sunday in Orlando aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration aircraft.

The turtles were originally rescued from the waters off Massachusetts by the New England Aquarium. Record numbers of hypothermic sea turtles have been rescued from the frigid waters off Cape Cod in the last few weeks. Experts say an unseasonably warm November delayed the turtles’ migration to warmer waters. The turtles got stranded when the temperatures in Cape Cod Bay dropped quickly.

Dozens of rescued sea turtles have been flown to SeaWorld and other wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Florida. The turtles will be returned to their natural habitat when ocean temperatures are warmer.

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