Turtles Recovering At Florida Keys Facility

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MARATHON, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Staff at a Florida Keys based Turtle hospital are take care of 30 endangered sea turtles suffering from hypothermia.

The turtles were rescued days ago from a frigid beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Hospital officials said Wednesday that each cold-stunned turtle had a full physical examination, X-rays, a swimming test and was administered intravenous fluids and Vitamin D. Hospital staff is endeavoring to slowly raise the reptiles’ body temperatures with the goal of releasing them once they are deemed healthy enough to return to the wild.

Bette Zirkelbach, left, hands a Kemp's ridley sea turtle to Liz Miska Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. The hospital received 30 cold-stunned Kemps ridley turtles to care for after they were rescued suffering hypothermia on a Cape Cod Bay, Mass., beach. The species is endangered, according to NOAA Fisheries. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Bette Zirkelbach, left, hands a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle to Liz Miska Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. The hospital received 30 cold-stunned Kemps ridley turtles to care for after they were rescued suffering hypothermia on a Cape Cod Bay, Mass., beach. The species is endangered, according to NOAA Fisheries.
(Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Some of the turtles have secondary issues including head trauma and pneumonia.

The 30 are a portion of 193 flown to Orlando by the U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday evening with the balance going to four other Florida-based marine animal rehabilitation centers.

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