COLD STUNNED SEA TURTLE LECTURE WITH STEVE ABBONDONDELO
The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation is offering Free sea turtle cold stun lectures for volunteers willing to patrol New York’s beaches in search of sea turtles in distress. Cold stunning is a condition similar to hypothermia that is brought on when these cold-blooded sea turtles are in water temperatures below 50ºF. Sea turtles inhabit New York waters during the summer and fall before heading south to safe, warmer waters. Since cold stunning is a condition that slows the movements of afflicted sea turtles, it causes the animals to get washed ashore on New York beaches. This condition, if left unnoticed, can become fatal. The sooner these animals are found and reported to the Riverhead Foundation, the higher their chance for survival.