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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Record Numbers Of Turtles Wash Up On Cape Cod, Mass.

A sea turtle is rescued in Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. (AP/Don Lewis and Sue Wieber Nourse)

A small sea turtle is rescued in Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. (AP/Don Lewis and Sue Wieber Nourse)

Kemp’s Ridley turtles are considered the world’s most endangered marine turtles and they’re turning up in record numbers on the beaches of Cape Cod. Most of them have hypothermia, and are starving, and disoriented.

Researchers and volunteers with the New England Aquarium are trying to save and rehabilitate them. We speak with Connie Merigo, the director of the New England Aquarium’s rehabilitation facility.


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  • AnnMarie

    Kudos to Connie Merigo and the New England Aquarium’s rehabilitation facility. I am also a wildlife biologist and I too work with an endangered species. It is so critical that we intervene with these species that are endangered. People just don’t seem to understand that without our help they will be lost forever and yes, it will affect you whether think so or not. Why should we care? Because their endangered status is the result of our own human behavior and the loss of their habitat. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of the earth by making every attempt to rectify our own mistakes! The loss of the planet’s diversity should be the concern of all people whether you care about the natural world or not.

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