Stranded Sea Turtles to be Flown to Florida


QUINCY, Mass.  — Nearly 200 endangered sea turtles that became stranded on Cape Cod will be airlifted to Florida.

The New England Aquarium says the U.S. Coast Guard will ship the Kemp's Ridley turtles to Orlando, where they will then be sent to marine rehabilitation facilities.

The stranded turtles, weighing up to 10 pounds, were collected by the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Wellfleet Bay and treated at the aquarium's marine animal hospital in Quincy.

After the 193 sea turtles are flown to Florida on Tuesday, more than 150 will remain at the hospital to complete a four day re-warming process. Nearly 100 others are being cared for at a Wellfleet nature center.

Scientists say a record number of sea turtles have washed up on Cape Cod this year, with several weeks left in the typical stranding season.

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