Cape Sea Turtle Rescues Reach All Time High


Over 900 stranded sea turtles have been saved from Cape beaches in just the last six weeks. 

A couple hundred turtles will come ashore in a typical year, but this year, 720 turtles have received care between the New England Aquarium's animal care center in Quincy and the National Marine Life center in Buzzards Bay since Thanksgiving. 

That breaks the all-time record for turtles cared for between the two facilities set in 2014. 

These turtles get trapped in Cape Cod Bay as waters north of the bay cool in the fall and it becomes impossible for these cold-blooded animals to swim around Race Point and head south for warmer waters. 

The New England Aquarium says more than 75% of turtles treated at their care center recover and are released back into the wild.

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Photo: Getty Images North America


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