The dangers of global cooling, first the whales, now the turtles November 28, 2008Posted by honestclimate in Global Cooling.
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The dangers of global cooling, first the whales, now the turtles
By the blogowner honestclimate, November 28, 2008
With cold and snow records being broken left right and centre and the Arctic sea ice growing at its fastest pace on record, the polar bears have been sitting pretty lately.
But on the flipside of this cold weather, last week we heard that over 200 whales got trapped in Canada’s Arctic, by winter ice and were facing starvation or suffocation and officials said they would have to be culled.
This week, turtles have been hit by cold weather which has caught the sea turtles off-guard before they could reach warmer Gulf Stream waters, and that has led to nearly 25 rescues along the North Carolina coast
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island has rescued numerous cold-stunned sea turtles since Thursday, said Jean Beasley, the hospital’s executive director.
“We’re overwhelmed, this has never happened before — at least not since the turtle hospital has been in existence,” Beasley said. “We had 11 turtles come in last Thursday, 12 on Saturday and six (Sunday). We’re frantically trying to make more space.”
“Cold weather started it all — with the precipitous drop in temperature, these guys can’t regulate their body temperature,” volunteer Karen Sota said, adding that most have been green turtles around 2 years old. There are also a few loggerheads.
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