As the freezing temperatures in Texas continue due to the 2021 winter vortex, people aren’t the only ones feeling the chill. All along the coastline, a large number of sea turtles have been greatly affected by the life-threatening cold, thankfully though they haven’t been forgotten.
Help is on the way.
Over the last few days, volunteers from Sea Turtle, Inc. on the South Padre Island have been working to save as many turtles as possible from the crazy weather. Turtles are cold-blooded creatures which means they’re not able to regulate their internal temperature. Because of this they have been left virtually paralyzed by the insane temperatures so they are unable to swim or even move properly and are at a high risk of drowning.
The volunteers have risen to the potential tragedy and have been scouring the shoreline and filling their vehicles with sea turtles to transport them to a safer location.
My mom is retired, & she spends her winters volunteering at a sea turtle rescue center in south Texas. The cold snap is stunning the local turtles & they’re doing a lot of rescues. She sent me this photo today of the back of her Subaru. It’s *literally* turtles all the way down. pic.twitter.com/xaDRNjLDoQ
— Lara (@lara_hand) February 15, 2021
The South Padre Island Convention Centre and Visitors Bureau has stepped up and become a temporary shelter for thousands of these rescued turtles — hosting around 3,500 so far.
And that number keeps rising by the hour.
Here’s a video from the rescue center, showing the overwhelming amount of turtles as far as the eye can see. All getting a much-needed opportunity to warm up and recover their strength.
The scene is surreal at the convention centre, every shell in sight is a life that the hero volunteers have taken their time to rescue.
The effort to save these turtles is ongoing, and with any luck, each and every one will eventually be returned home when the weather gets warmer. From there, their lives — and countless generations to follow — will be a testament to the many volunteers who helped see them through.