More than 2,000 turtles were released into the sea on Monday, a week after a rescue center began welcoming them due to winter weather that left many turtles in Texas without heat, power and water.
Sea Turtle Inc., the South Padre Island rehabilitation center that rescued the turtles last week, made the announcement on Facebook.
“After an exhaustive 24-hour effort that lasted all night and just ended this morning, Sea Turtle Inc. has successfully released more than 2,200 previously frozen-stunned turtles into the open ocean of the Gulf of Mexico, The nonprofit organization said in the post.
When sea turtles are stunned by the cold after being exposed to cold water for long periods of time, it can lead to hypothermic reactions that can lead to death. South Padre Island was in its 40s last week making it too cold for turtles.
After picking up some of the turtles on Sunday due to the freezing weather, the rescue center lost power. Sea Turtle Inc. has advocated for the community’s help in keeping the turtles warm.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX answered the call for help, donating the Sea Turtle Inc. generator needed to bring heat to the turtle pools.
In a video released accompanying the Facebook post, the turtles can be seen gliding off a boat and in the Gulf of Mexico.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but we are rejuvenated with passion and after seeing our first released turtles swimming,” said Sea Turtle Inc ..