100 sea turtles stranded in Texas

About 100 young green sea turtles have been stranded on the Texas coast due to high tides and flooding that followed May storms. The turtles “just couldn’t beat the waves,” Jesse Gilbert, chief operating officer of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, told the Associated Press. In a typical year, he said, only about a half-dozen are stranded. The turtles ended up on Padre Island National Seashore where wildlife officials gathered them up and transported them to the aquarium for care. About 80 have been returned to the Gulf of Mexico, and the rest are expected to be returned soon.

Header Image: Staffers at the Texas State Aquarium care for green sea turtles that were stranded on Padre Island.
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