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SC, Ga., hosting 3 injured sea turtles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina and Georgia are welcoming
three endangered sea turtles being flown to the area after they
were stunned in cold waters off the New England coast last year.

The loggerhead sea turtle and two Kemp's ridleys are arriving at
the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport Monday afternoon. They're
flying on an Angel Flight from the University of New England in
Portsmouth, Maine.

Sea turtles are cold blooded and can't regulate their body
temperatures, so they get stunned when water temperatures drop
quickly.

The loggerhead suffered shell damage and will stay at the South
Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital until spring. The other two
are recuperating from pneumonia and will call the Georgia Sea
Turtle Center on Jekyll Island home after a brief stay in South
Carolina.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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