As temperatures in Texas brutally dropped, knocking out entire power grids, thousands of sea turtles were found cold-stunned on the beaches of South Padre Island, off the southern coast of Texas and in need of help.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the term “cold-stunned” refers to “a condition in which sea turtles become very weak and inactive from exposure to cold temperatures. It generally occurs when water temperatures fall below 50˚F (10˚C) where sea turtles are present. Cold-stunned turtles become lethargic and are eventually unable to swim causing them to float at the surface. Wind and/or tides may wash them ashore.”