With the onslaught of cold temperatures in Texas last week, over 2,000 green sea turtles along the Texas Coast needed rescue – making it the largest recorded cold-stunning event to date. As a cold-blooded species living in the ocean, sea turtles have adapted to live in tropical or semi-tropical waters which helps to keep their bodies warm. Resilient in nature, sea turtles can do just fine during cold spells if they can find water temperatures off shore at or above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. However, if temperatures drop very quickly, there is not always time to move away from land. This causes “cold-stunning”, when sea turtles have a slowed heart rate, decreasing circulation and making it very difficult for them to swim or find food. Green sea turtles are especially vulnerable to this, as they feed off vegetation found in shallow waters. 305 green sea turtles were rescued on the Upper Texas Coast, and teams from NOAA Fisheries, the @HoustonZoo, Moody Gardens, the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Texas Master Naturalists, Turtle Island Restoration Network, and Texas A&M worked tirelessly to transport these turtles from Galveston, TX to our National Seashore where waters were warm enough for the turtles to be safely released back into the wild. This green sea turtle was photographed at @xcaretpark in Mexico.