3 Tips For Saving Sea Turtles During An Emergency Situation
Have you ever come across a sea turtle that had been hit by a boat prop?
Or a sea turtle floating at the surface during a freeze?
In this video, I’ve got Capt. Nathan Fulks here talking about how to save sea turtles during an emergency.
Obviously, you don’t want to mess with them if it’s not an emergency, but if it is, this video will give you some tips on what you can do to help.
Check it out below.
Helping Sea Turtles In An Emergency [VIDEO]
Due to the historic freeze in Texas, thousands of sea turtles needed to be rescued before they passed away of hypothermia.
The game wardens asked for the community’s help, and I was able to join Capt. Nathan Fulks and his son to rescue some.
It was the largest sea turtle rescue in history.
So if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to help a sea turtle out, here are some tips:
1. Make sure the turtle is actually in need
When the water gets below 50 degrees, sea turtles start to get hypothermia.
You’ll see them floating on the surface where they can barely hold their heads up.
If you pull your boat up to them and they don’t swim away, they probably need your help.
On the other hand, if they do swim away, then they probably don’t.
Many turtles suffering from hypothermia look like they’ve already passed away, but you can check by rubbing your hands along the back of their necks (if they’re alive, they’ll retract their heads).
They can often be found in areas of warm water during freezes like this, such as deep shipping channels.
Another situation where a turtle might need help is if they’ve been hit by a boat prop and are sliced up pretty bad.
2. Pick them up and transport them carefully.
Pick up sea turtles by their shell, never their flippers.
If they’re really big, you may need to tow them into shallow water where you can get out of the boat and hoist them into it.
And when you’re transporting them in your boat or vehicle, make sure they’re not bumping up and down.
3. Contact your local turtle rescue
If you see a turtle in need, or want to know if your local rescue needs help saving cold-stunned turtles, give your local turtle rescue a call.
If your area is experiencing a bad freeze and you see turtles floating on the surface, or you see a turtle who’s been hit by a boat, do your best to try to help them.
Contact your local turtle rescue for more tips on what you should do.
And if you want to book a trip with Capt. Nathan Fulks in South Texas, click here.
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