UMass Study Examines Sea Turtle Problems

UMass Study Examines Sea Turtle Problems 

2/4/19

The University of Massachusetts is putting out a new study that suggests a link between the rise in sea turtle strandings on Cape Cod and a rise in temperature in the Gulf of Maine. 

The study, which was also worked on by Mass Audubon and the University of Rhode Island, says the number of cold-stunned and stranding events among juvenile endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles is increasing at an alarming rate. 

Before 2009, observers only saw more than one-hundred stranded turtles twice, but that low number is now rare; in 2014, it was over eleven-hundred in Cape Cod Bay, according to the study. 

Researchers say the warmer waters are causing the turtles to migrate too late and get caught in the long-arm geography of Cape Cod.  

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