Cowabunga! More than 800 turtles rescued from storm drains

Turtles in a storm drain - turtle power!

Some of the hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings rescued from storm drains by volunteers in Ocean City, New Jersey. Stockton University via AP
Some of the hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings rescued from storm drains by volunteers in Ocean City, New Jersey. Stockton University via AP

They’re lean, they’re mean and they’re green.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Not exactly, but hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings have been rescued from subterranean storm drains along the US Jersey Shore.

According to a Stockton University Facebook post, the turtles were hiding from the cold temperatures over the winter and surviving off yolk sacks in drains in Margate, Ventnor and Ocean City.

Volunteers who rescued 826 of the animals turned them over to Stockton University’s “Head Start” programme, where staff will care for and rehabilitate the creatures for about a year before placing them back in the wild, NJ Advance Media reported.

There are currently 1,108 terrapins receiving care from the programme, which has reached capacity.

If you find a hatchling, Stockton recommends placing the animal in room-temperature water up to the shell with a rock it can climb on to. Healthy turtles can be released at dusk into a tidal creek or bay area.

Published: May 8, 2021 04:30 AM

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