Thousands of sea turtles cold-stunned by the plunge in temperatures have been washing up on the beaches of South Padre Island, off the southern coast of Texas. Volunteers have brought over 4,700 of them to a convention centre, where they are being kept in tubs and enclosures before they can be released when the water is warmer.
When a sea turtle washed up on shore, veterinarians thought it was sick. But when medicine didn’t help, they found a plastic bag lodged in its throat.
The animals appeared to be caught in a net.
Abandoned objects can be deadly for the endangered animals.
Scientists observed turtles using flippers for digging, rolling stuff and swiping at prey.
'Hopefully the x-rays can rule out further damage and that the blows did not affect deeper in the skull'
A sea turtle has been rescued from certain death after tourists dragged it from the ocean and gravely injured it in the noble