CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Cold weather in New England has meant more patients for sea turtle hospitals in the South.
The South Carolina Aquarium said five loggerhead sea turtles stunned by the cold were flown south Monday from the New England Aquarium in Massachusetts.
Three of the turtles are being treated at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston while the other two are being treated at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Officials say that cold weather off New England earlier this month stunned about 400 turtles.
When temperatures in shallow water get too cold, turtles can be stunned in a condition similar to hypothermia. Stunned turtles tend to float the surface, and some wash ashore or become easy prey for predators.