On Friday, November 16th 2018, staff located and recovered a stranded Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle while out on patrol at Sandy Neck Beach. The turtle was still alive and moving. Staff then transported the turtle safely back to the Gatehouse where it was transferred over to Mass Audubon staff. This turtle, nicknamed “Miracle” was recovered just as a beautiful rainbow appeared over the waters of Cape Cod Bay! The turtle will be evaluated and ultimately transported to a rehab facility for further treatment. We are hoping for a successful recovery!
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles are critically endangered. Juvenile turtles strand this time of year on Cape Cod beaches after they become trapped in Cape Cod Bay and “cold-stun” as the waters begin to cool. If you are walking along the beaches of Cape Cod Bay this winter and find a cold stunned sea turtle, you can:
- Move it above the high tide line. Do not put it back in the water.
- Cover it with dry wrack or seaweed
- Mark the spot with a piece of beach debris or draw an arrow in the sand.
Call immediately. If you are on Sandy Neck Beach, please call the Gatehouse 508-362-8300 or check-in with the Ranger on duty. Otherwise, Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary can be contacted 508-349-2615 ext. 6104 and staff can provide you with further instruction.