ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - SeaWorld Rescue says that with temperatures reaching lows across the United States, many cold-stunned animals are in urgent need of rescue from coast to coast.
They also say that SeaWorld Rescue teams have been working alongside partner agencies that have relocated 14 manatees from South Carolina to Florida and rescued more than 200 sea turtles, some even endangered, from frigid Texas waters. Last year, SeaWorld Orlando rescue team only assisted in 38-cold related rescues the entire season.
An estimated 2,100 cold stunned green turtles were documented on the Texas coast in the first week of January, according to the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN.) This marks the largest cold stunning event recorded since the STSSN was established in 1980.
SeaWorld Rescue says that colder temperatures can also isolate animals from adequate food sources, in the case of manatees in South Carolina and "stun" sea turtles into vulnerable, comatose state in the case of turtles in New England and the Texas Gulf Coast.
Rescuers are reportedly always trying to provide a stable environment for the animals to regain their strength and ultimately be returned as soon as possible.
This quick-response effort demonstrates SeaWorld’s commitment to conservation and animal welfare. Its rescue teams have rescued more than 31,000 animals in need over the last five decades.
Partners integral to SeaWorld Rescue's efforts include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish, Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.