Sea turtles are cold-blooded animals, lacking a method to regulate their body temperatures in extreme cold. Fearing for their safety, Sea Turtle, Inc. put the call out on the 14th, as several sea turtles had been brought to their facility in response to the cold. These turtles were in a “cold stun” state, which can lead to hypothermia and death if untreated. The center advised anyone who happened upon a lethargic floating turtle to contact them for care and to bring them over to the center.
The surrounding Texas community jumped at the opportunity and, by the next day, Sea Turtle, Inc. had received more than 500 cold stunned sea turtles. Sadly, the rehab center’s power had gone out, leading them to post another plea on Facebook, this time for any form of power generator to keep their heating resources alive.
In the meantime, the rescued turtles were being placed in kiddie pools and sectioned out – one near-200-year-old, 400-pound sea turtle required his own private pool – but the center was still in need of adequate electricity to care for them. On the 17th, SpaceX stepped in, bringing over a high-capacity generator to assist Sea Turtle, Inc. with their lack of power and keeping those turtles warm.