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Cold snap leaves around 100 turtles stunned, in need of help

Posted at 7:52 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 08:52:38-05

TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WECT/CNN) — A recent cold snap in parts of North Carolina’s coast left countless sea turtles cold-stunned and in need of help.

Turtles are cold-blooded animals and their bodies aren’t capable of producing heat to warm them up.

Volunteers at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation center sprang into action.

The center is currently caring for about 100 turtles, which is the most the center has ever looked after at a given time.

The ultimate goal is to release them back into the ocean.

"We all know, there's no place like home. So we get them down to the water, we wade out with them. There comes that moment where they push away from you and they're gone. Your heart just accelerates. Its wonderful to see them go back home," Beasley said.

The center plans to start releasing the turtles into the ocean on a monthly basis starting June 3.