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Sea turtle released back into Gulf after being found 'cold-stunned'

Posted at 12:52 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 12:52:27-05

ALLIGATOR POINT, Fla. (WTXL) — A sea turtle is getting a second chance at life!

The release happened at Alligator Point Friday.

They called the turtle Frosty because last week it was found "cold-stunned." That's when a turtle goes into shock due to cold water temperatures.

Frosty is in the transition stage of becoming an adult turtle, so it was vital to get him back into the water quickly.

"Green sea turles are the only species of turtle that when they are young and hatchlings they are carnivorous and eat crustaceans and shrimp, then turn into herbivores as adults so its important for him to get back to the sea beds and to the algae," said Michelle Darpel, the director of Alligator Point Turtle Patrol.

Frosty is a Green Sea Turtle. It was rehabbed at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab in Panacea.