Vicki Bethel - Cold Stunned Sea Turtles

Statement

Sea turtles are already endangered. The Kemp’s Ridley is the most endangered. It is also the sea turtle suffering the most from cold stunning. Cold stunned sea turtles are appearing all over the earth, but especially along the east coast of the U.S. Most of them are found on the Massachusetts coast in the fall and winter. It is a sad irony that warming oceans are causing turtles to freeze to death. The warmer waters lure the turtles far north of their normal ranges and later in the year. They get trapped and become cold stunned when the temperatures suddenly drop. Volunteers walk the beaches looking for catatonic turtles washed ashore. Turtle hospitals have been set up from Maine to Florida. Even if the turtles survive, it takes months of care.

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Vicki Bethel
"Cold Stunned Sea Turtles"
acrylic & ink
18" x 21.5"
2019

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