BALTIMORE (AP) — The National Aquarium in Baltimore is caring for sea turtles rescued from cold Atlantic waters.
Aquarium officials say many sea turtles become stranded each year because ocean waters cool before they have a chance to migrate. This year’s cold weather has led to a larger than usual number of stranded turtles.
The aquarium says it is providing help to the New England Aquarium, which is caring for about 80 rescued turtles. Five of the turtles were flown from Boston to Baltimore earlier this month and another five are expected to arrive next week.
The young turtles, weighing between two and five pounds, are being treated for conditions including pneumonia, emaciation and blood infections. They are expected to be kept in Baltimore for six to eight months.
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