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High Number Of Turtle Strandings In Massachusetts This Fall

A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling makes its way into the ocean along Haulover Beach in Miami. Opportunities to observe sea turtles in Florida include events where turtles are released into the ocean after they've recovered from injuries or illness, and nighttime walks led by trained guides to see nesting activity. (Lynne Sladky/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling makes its way into the ocean along Haulover Beach in Miami. Opportunities to observe sea turtles in Florida include events where turtles are released into the ocean after they've recovered from injuries or illness, and nighttime walks led by trained guides to see nesting activity. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Scientists say New England has seen an unusually early start to the sea turtle stranding season this year, with more than 40 turtles washing up on Massachusetts beaches.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Massachusetts averages about 600 cold-stunned endangered sea turtles a year, but the season doesn't typically start until the middle of November.

NOAA says 42 live Kemp's ridley sea turtles, one dead Kemp's ridley and one dead green sea turtle have already washed up on beaches this year.

The rescued turtles are triaged at a wildlife sanctuary before being taken to the New England Aquarium's Animal Care Center in Quincy to be treated for hypothermia.

Some of the rescued turtles are then being taken to aquariums in North Carolina.

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