Chilly temperatures put local sea turtles at risk

Cold weather has left sea turtles in distress // Sea Turtle, Inc Photo

Chilly overnight temperatures have volunteers looking for stranded sea turtles on Rio Grande Valley beaches.

Temperatures in Cameron and Willacy Counties plunged in the 30s on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Sea Turtle, Inc. is looking for sea turtles who have been "stunned" by the cold waters and drifted ashore.

The seafaring reptiles are cold-blooded and vulnerable to cold weather.

The South Padre Island-based rescue group says stunned sea turtles often end up on Island beaches and several other locations:

North and south mud flats on SPI The marina behind The Shores Mud flat areas at the end of the Bayside Streets on SPI Port Isabel fingers Mud flats behind Port Isabel High School Around the Swing Bridge near Long Island Village Barracuda Cove (Boca Chica Beach) South Bay

Anyone who finds a cold-stranded sea turtle, is asked to leave the sea turtle alone and call (956) 761-4511.