Texas residents, who themselves lack heat or basic amenities in their own homes because of the unusually cold weather, are rescuing frozen sea turtles and taking them to a special South Texas center.
“Every 15 minutes a new truck or SUV pulls up with people bringing in one or more more turtles. There are already thousands of them,” Ed Caum, executive director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Associated Press. “We were getting full trailers of 50, 80, 100 yesterday,” he said.
When turtle relief organization Sea Turtle Inc. was no longer able to accept the animals, activists opened a center at the South Padre Island Resorts. The building that housed the center was without power and water until early Wednesday morning and now houses more than 3,500 sea turtles.
As another cold front approaches, activists don’t know when they will be able to get the sea turtles back in the water or how many of them will survive this difficult time. “We’re doing everything we can to save as many turtles as we can,” said Ed Kaum.