19 Aug 2011

Aquarium treats turtles stranded in cold snap

12:53 pm on 19 August 2011

Freezing weather has left Kelly Tarltons aquarium inundated with cold and sick turtles found washed up on beaches.

The aquarium says it normally takes in about six turtles a year but because of the cold weather it is now caring for seven at once.

Curator Andrew Christie, says the reptiles get so cold they can not swim and end up washed onto beaches where they are found by locals.

Mr Christie says the aquarium nurses the turtles back to health by running increasingly warm water over their shells, and about 70% survive.