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190 Sea Turtles Found Frozen to Death in Cape Cod Cold Snap

Gale force winds, cold temperatures and high tide caused the migrating turtles to freeze

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    Animal rescue volunteers say close to 190 sea turtles have died of exposure after washing ashore in frigid conditions on Cape Cod.

    The Cape Cod Times reports that low temperatures and high winds combined to kill most of the 50 turtles that washed up Thursday in Brewster, Orleans and Eastham on the lower part of the peninsula.

    The Massachusetts Audubon Society's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary says about 350 sea turtles have come ashore since Oct. 22. They include the critically endangered Kemp's ridley turtles, green turtles and loggerhead turtles.

    Spokeswoman Jenette Kerr says most of the animals being brought to the sanctuary are dead and in some cases literally frozen.

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    Biologists say the turtles are stunned by the cold water in Cape Cod Bay, which shuts down their metabolisms and renders them unable to move.