Published on January 7, 2019

Sea Turtle Stranding Season Update

Field School participant Martha Nolan and ridley_Krill Carson

Our late summer predictions of a busy fall cold-stunned sea turtles season came true.

Wellfleet Bay volunteers and staff rescued or recovered more than 800 sea turtles this year. That makes it our second biggest season ever!

Sizing Up a Sea Turtle Season

December 19, 2018 

An unusually cold and blustery Thanksgiving weekend that brought in scores of dead turtles took some wind out of our sails. But the 2018 rescue season still had its successes.

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2018 Season Stats

As of January 7, 2019

→ Total sea turtles found: 814

→ Total sea turtles alive: 424

By Species

Kemp’s Ridley   736
Loggerhead   55
Green   23

By Town

Barnstable 11   Eastham 144
Dennis 94   Wellfleet 141
Brewster 256   Truro 57
Orleans 104   Other Locations 7

Bob with big loggerhead

Previous Updates

Several Surprises & One Deep Freeze
November 27, 2018

When we started getting cold-stunned sea turtles much earlier than usual—we had an inkling it was going to be a busy season. 

The idea that this fall’s cold-stun sea turtle period could prove to be a memorable one began when turtles began stranding in mid-October, about two weeks earlier than expected. Then two more surprises happened.

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