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Turtle Rescues on Hatteras Island

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Hatteras Island is known for its wide variety of wildlife. One of the islands most interesting and protected animals is the sea turtle. Sea Turtles have been nesting on Hatteras Island for several generations and are known to often make their way back to the Pamlico Sound for its abundance of food.
During the winter months the sea turtle will travel into the Gulf Stream and onto warmer waters. With the large quantity of food Pamlico Sound has to offer, juvenile turtles are choosing to stay longer in the cooler waters to feed. Sea Turtles are cold blooded animals and their body temperature reflects their environment. When water temperatures drop to around 50 degrees and below, the turtles become too cold to move and are unable to swim to the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream. This has caused multiple cases of cold stunned sea turtles including Loggerhead, Green and Kemp’s Ridley turtles in the waterways of Hatteras Island.
Thankfully, Hatteras Islanders have a passionate heart for these…