Sea Turtles Caught in Cold Waters Flown to Florida

Nearly 200 sea turtles stunned by cold temperatures in the northern U.S. have been brought to Florida.

Thousands of Kemp's Ridley turtles migrate north during summer, then return south before cold weather strikes. But some didn't make it back in time and washed ashore or were found helpless at sea.

A Coast Guard aircraft brought 193 of the amphibians from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Orlando on Tuesday.

The Tampa Tribune reports they've been divided among facilities around the state.

Cristy Barrett is a biologist at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, where 10 of the turtles arrived. She says the point of trying to save them "is to keep the species alive."

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