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Sea Turtle Hit By Cold Being Treated in Charleston

8:38 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
A young green Sea Turtle (file photo) (Photo credit: Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images)
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A young green sea turtle who washed up in the marsh on Hilton Head Island is being treated at the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston for problems caused by the cold water.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported ( ) the turtle was found Wednesday and taken to Charleston for treatment of cold stunning.

Officials say water temperatures were dropping below 50 degrees and most sea turtles head farther out to sea to the warmer Gulf Stream.

The turtle's temperature was 45 degrees when it arrived in Charleston. Turtles can suffer once water temperatures drop below 60 degrees.

The turtle is in critical condition. Aquarium staff members are trying to bring up the body temperature, feeding the turtle liquids, vitamins and antibiotics.

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