Everything you need to know for the 2013 hurricane season

FWC Warns About Sea Turtles Stranded by Irene

FWC: Because of Irene, it's OK bring stranded hatchlings that aren't near water to rehab centers

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 2:41 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Dramatic Photos: A Century of Hurricanes

Getty Images

Loggerhead turtles sit in an bucket

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Wildlife officials warned residents along Florida’s east coast on Friday to be careful if they see small sea turtles that may have been affected by Hurricane Irene. 
 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that if beachgoers spot a stranded hatchling not near the water, it would be OK to bring it directly to a specified turtle rehabilitation facility. Officials said this would be acceptable just because of the special circumstances related to the storm.
 
Also, if eggs are found rolling around, officials recommend leaving them alone because the chances of survival to become a hatchling are minimal.
 
FWC recommends putting the hatchling on a damp cloth or towel in a small container, covering it and keeping it in the shade, but not under air conditioning. Don’t put the sea turtle in water, and don’t crowd it.
 
It is illegal to possess a sea turtle or its eggs without an appropriate permit.
 
FWC said several species of sea turtles are federally endangered species, and Loggerhead turtles are a federally threatened species.
 
Officials also said there are penalties for anyone who removes turtle eggs from the beach without consent of the FWC.
 
The following centers can take in sea turtles anytime: 
 
For information call the wildlife alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out