SURF CITY, N.C. (AP) — Twenty turtles have traveled to Surf City to recover from cold-stunning.
Media outlets report that Monday, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center welcomed the cold-stunned turtles from New England. Volunteers gave all 20 patients a "Star Wars"-themed name.
Hospital personnel say cold-stunning is similar to when a person undergoes hypothermia. Sea turtles change body temperatures with their surroundings. If a turtle is slow to move to warmer water, the animal will lose motion in its body, causing the turtle to float and potentially die.
For the next 45 days, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and the other turtles will be monitored and rehabilitated.
Hospital Director Jean Beasley says it will likely be April before the turtles are released into warmer waters.