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Turtle Talk: An Update on the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research Patients    

January 13, 2023

A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle swimming in a tank at the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research.
A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle swimming in a tank at the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research.

By Taylor Bounds, Content Specialist

When temperatures plummeted in late December, volunteers and staff braved the sub-freezing weather in search of cold stunned turtles along Texas shores. The turtle search and rescue crew found five cold stunned green sea turtles, all of which are now in the care of the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research. The care team anticipates that two of the five will soon be cleared for release back into the wild. 

GCSTR also has seven other patients, five of which are Kemp’s Ridleys recovering from a cold stunning event in the Cape Cod area. The turtles from Cape Cod were flown into Scholes Airport – quite a journey for these five of the smallest species of sea turtles. Kemp's Ridleys are most commonly found close to home in the Gulf of Mexico, however, they have been spotted as far north as Nova Scotia. 

Wondering about Slash? Our sea turtle friend that was injured by a propeller last year is recovering well after his surgery to remove FP tumors. He will soon move to his new home at the San Antonio aquarium. Find out more about his journey back to health by reading Slash's story

Even though there has already been one cold stun event this season, it's only January, so the cold weather is likely just getting started. Need a refresher on what to do when you find a turtle in distress? Watch our interview with marine biology professor and director of the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, Dr. Christopher Marshall.


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Taylor Bounds, Content Specialist

Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M's rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.

Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies and the only one in the southern United States, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world.

Texas A&M-Galveston is located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where it is surrounded by industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.