9,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued off Texas coast

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The polar vortex that caused record low temperatures and knocked out power and water across Texas has also paralyzed thousands of freezing sea turtles on the state's coast.

National Geographic reports that it's the largest cold-stunning event ever documented in the U.S. since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started keeping records in 1980.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Cold-stunned green sea turtle on a beach
2. Location of South Padre Island and number of sea turtles rescued
3. Green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle and Kemp's Ridley sea turtle
4. Sea turtles become cold-stunned when water temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius)
5. Cold-stunned sea turtles more vulnerable to predators, boat strikes and drowning

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The polar vortex that caused record low temperatures and knocked out power and water across Texas has also paralyzed thousands of freezing sea turtles on the state's coast."

"National Geographic reports that it's the largest cold-stunning event ever documented in the U.S. since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started keeping records in 1980."

"As of Friday, Feb. 19, nearly 7,000 cold-stunned sea turtles had been rescued along the Texas coastline."

"That number rose to more than 9,400 by Sunday, according to the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at Padre Island National Seashore's Facebook page."

"Most of the affected turtles come from three species: the green sea turtle; the loggerhead; and Kemp's Ridley sea turtle."

"Sea turtles become cold-stunned when the water temperature drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, or 10 degrees Celsius."

"When this happens the turtle's heart rates slow and the cold-blooded animals become effectively paralyzed, though they remain conscious."

"In this state the turtles are more vulnerable to predators, boat strikes and drowning."

SOURCES: San Antonio Express-News, National Geographic, Texas Monthly
https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/cold-sea-turtles-released-texas-15970343.php#photo-20641819
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/nearly-5000-sea-turtles-rescued-from-freezing-waters-on-texas-island
https://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/south-padre-cold-stunned-sea-turtles/