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Thousands of turtles have been released into the sea after being rescued during the winter storm that hit Texas and other southern states.

Last week, freezing temperatures stunned the creatures with cold and affected their ability to swim or feed, resulting in a massive rescue mission to save them.

Now, video footage from the Texas Sealife Center shows the turtles released on a wet slide in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Thousands of turtles have been released into the ocean. Photo: Sea Turtle Inc

The organization took care of nearly a thousand sea creatures after the storm brought record-breaking cold temperatures to Lone Star State.

Jamie McWilliams of the Texas Sealife Center said about 200 turtles were released into the sea on Monday.

Another organization, Sea Turtle Inc, also shared images of thousands of sea turtles released into the Gulf on wet blue slides.

He said “thousands of community members came together and volunteered long hours” to help with the rescue. “Many without electricity, water or heat in their own homes still helped Sea Turtle Inc.”

Residents, some of whom did not have heating or basic amenities in their homes due to the unusually cold weather, rescued the cold-stunned sea turtles and dropped them off at a convention center last week.

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Residents took cars full of creatures to the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau in hopes of saving them

“Every 15 minutes or less there’s another truck or SUV pulling over,” said Ed Caum, executive director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He said people brought a sea turtle or two, and sometimes more. “We had full trailers… coming up that had 80, 100, 50,” he said.

The convention center began to receive turtles after its neighbor, Sea Turtle Inc, was overwhelmed with the imported numbers.

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There were fears that some of the sea turtles would not survive

Mr Caum said they had “picked up” over 3,500 sea turtles, but said he was hesitant to use the word saved because “we know we’re going to lose some”.

The extreme winter conditions prompted US President Joe Biden to declare a major disaster in Texas.

The state’s electricity grid was crippled due to the cold, and although Texas is rich in oil and gas, millions of residents were left without power for days.

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Texas is not used to such cold temperatures and was unprepared. Pic: AP

There have been major disruptions in the water supply, with more than 1,200 public water systems in difficulty.

More than 7.9 million people in Texas in 202 counties still had water supply issues as of Monday evening, a spokesperson for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said.


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