Isla Blanca County Park Yearbook 2010-2011

Turtle Rescue 2011


The February cold snap resulted in a need to rescue the green sea turtles who were affected by the chilly water. The turtle become unable to move when the water temperature drops too much. People rescued over 700 turtles and held them in various facilities around the coastal area. They were then released over several days when the weather had warmed up enough. The staging area for release was at the University of Texas Pan American's Coastal Studies Lab here in Isla Blanca Park.

While this was not good for the turtles, wildlife officials were able to take advantage of this opportunity to tag the turtles so there will be an opportunity to track them if they are captured again. The tags now are microchips which are injected in one of their front flippers.


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Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Turtles were housed before release on the floor at the University of Texas Pan American's Coastal Studies Lab.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Pickup trucks were used to move turtles from the building to the beach.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
The tagging process uses a large syringe to inject the microchip.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Larger turtles were moved from the lab to the pickups on rolling lab tables.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Most were hand carried by volunteers and various wildlife officials.
Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Once they arrived at the beach area, they were unloaded.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
A special wagon carried larger turtles.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
. But a chain of people brought most of the turtles to their release.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
At the water's edge, the people responsible for final release took over.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
The final hand over brought the release near.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Some were carried carefully by hand.
"Are we there yet??"

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
Others were taken out by wagon.

Photo by Alfred Lanctot
"Water at last!!"
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