NASA Helps Save Turtles

Warming Turtles in Florida, Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller

Who would have thought that building a heater to warm the Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center would help sea turtles?

During the second week of January when a cold snap sent temperatures plummeting, 2148 mostly endangered green sea turtles were rescued from Mosquito Lagoon at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Air boats were sent out daily from the refuge to bring in the freezing turtles which were brought to a large maintenance shed to be warmed by the heater. Every inch of the shed was covered with turtles and any facility that could be found was used to help save them. About 90% of the turtles survived and will be returned to the lagoon. It’s only the 5th time in the last 30 years that turtles have needed saving from the cold.

As the turtles were warmed, so to does it warm the heart to see people pull together to help save our ocean friends. So we personally want to send a HUGE thank you to all the refuge workers and volunteers who lifted literally TONS of turtles to safety.

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2 Responses to NASA Helps Save Turtles

  1. admin January 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Hmmmm, how does one weigh a pound of turtle breath?? Cool story though… In answer they are cold blooded, they exhibit inertial homeothermy- their low ratio of surface area to volume minimizes heat loss…so I’m told

  2. Neil January 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Go Nasa! I love sea turtles. Once I watched a Discovery Channel special documentary where there was a debate between scientists on whether sea turtles are cold or warm blooded. To solve the debate they captured a pound of “turtle breathe” and analyzed. I don’t remember which it was cold or warm. Like any good story it was probably the least likely one, warm.

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