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Updated Nov 29, 2015 7:37 AM
By Greg Wehner
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation treated the first cold-stunned juvenile green sea turtle of the season on Thanksgiving after it was rescued from Peconic Bay in Southampton.
According to a press release, the 1-foot-long, 4-pound rescued sea turtle had a heart rate of nearly seven beats per minute when it was rescued, compared to a healthy 25 to 35 beats per minute. The turtle’s body temperature was also below the normal temperature of 77 degrees; with treatment, it had increased to 64 degrees.
The season when cold stunning becomes an issue for turtles begins when the regional waters dip below 50 degrees. In a press release, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation said turtles experiencing cold stunning may stop eating and swimming, making it difficult for them to get to warmer areas.
Foundation officials said walking the beaches after high tide as the tide begins to recede is when many turtles may be spotted. The foundation asks the public to call its 24-hour hotline, (631) 369-9829, immediately if a sea turtle is sighted, so they may assist it.