CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard and partner agencies released
approximately 146 sea turtles displaced by a recent winter storm near
Corpus Christi, Texas, Monday.
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi and Station Port
Aransas crewmembers worked alongside Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens,
Texas State Aquarium personnel, and volunteers to release the sea turtles back
into the Gulf of Mexico.
Thursday, the Coast Guard and local volunteers rescued more than
1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles and transported them to local rehabilitation
After being rehabilitated, approximately 146 sea turtles were
released back into the water after personnel searched for areas of water with
temperatures of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit in order to safely
release the turtles into.
More rehabilitated sea turtles are planned to be safely released
throughout the week.
“Working with our partners in the Texas State Aquarium and Texas
Game Wardens to release these animals back into the wild is a surreal
experience,” said Coast Guard Ensign Austin Sawicki. “Getting to play
a small part in keeping the green sea turtle population safe is a very