PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Sea turtles are washing up on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore due to cold weather.
Prolonged exposure during times of extreme cold can be fatal to sea turtles, according to a tweet sent from park officials.
The turtles are stunned by the cold weather, which leaves them beached and unable to move.
If you’re in the area and see a stunned turtle, please report it immediately by calling 361-949-8173 ext. 226.
Cold stunned sea turtle ALERT! Prolonged exposure during times of extreme cold can be fatal to sea turtles. Immediately report any cold stunned turtles that you locate by calling us at 361-949-8173 ext. 226 #NPS #seaturtles pic.twitter.com/0MsTXK3fLu— Padre Island N.S. (@PadreIslandNPS) January 4, 2018