WATCH: Rescued Turtles Slide Back Into Sea After Texas Winter Storm

By Anna Gallegos

February 26, 2021

How do you return turtles to the ocean? On a slide, of course.

Hundreds of turtles returned to their natural habitats this week after severe winter weather hit Texas. With the help of volunteers, the Texas State Aquarium took in and care for more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles.

Turtles are cold-blooded creatures and can't regulate their body temperatures. When the water temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, turtles become paralyzed and their heartbeats slow down. It can be particularly dangerous for turtles so aquariums and sea animal rehabilitation centers along the Texas Gulf Coast took the turtles in to warm up.

"About 900 of these sea turtles were housed in the Rescue Center’s largest heated seawater pool, where they gradually recovered to a healthy body temperature. The rest were still not strong enough to swim but were still closely monitored," Texas State Aquarium said in a statement.

As of Thursday, more than 950 turtles made their way back to the ocean after a quick ride on a slide.

The releases have begun!!! Stay tuned for more video and information later today!!!

Posted by Texas Sealife Center on Monday, February 22, 2021

Photo: Texas State Aquarium

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