Published on December 26, 2017

Sea Turtle Stranding Season Update

Early season loggerhead rescued on the Vineyard
Loggerhead rescued on the Vineyard

Fall 2017 was slow to provide the characteristic "stranding" weather that marks the start of cold-stun sea turtle season—cold fronts that fuel several days of consistent winds.

But those conditions eventually arrived and our volunteers, champing at the bit to walk beaches, started finding turtles. To date, more than 400 sea turtles have been rescued. 

2017 Season Stats

Total sea turtles found: 406
Total sea turtles alive: 284

Teen volunteer with a turtle on the beach © Peter Marcus
© Peter Marcus
By Species
Kemp’s ridley 361
Loggerhead 28
Green 14
Other (leatherback or hybrid) 3
By Town
Sandwich 2   Eastham 75
Dennis 32   Wellfleet 99
Brewster 38   Truro 134
Orleans 10   Provincetown 9
Other Locations 7  
Total 406  

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