A Kemp's ridley turtle is checked out by a scientist at the New England Aquarium's Animal Care Center.

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News Quiz: The Frozen Turtle Edition

January 12, 2018

You might have heard reports from Florida last week about frozen iguanas falling from trees after being stunned by the chilly temperatures.

But did you know a similar phenomenon happens to sea turtles — right in Cape Cod Bay?

Each winter, hundreds of turtles become trapped in the bay when the temperature drops and they become "cold-stunned" by hypothermia. When they wash up on the Cape's beaches, volunteers with the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary collect them and bring them to a state-of-the-art sea turtle hospital run by the New England Aquarium in Quincy, where they are nursed back to health by a team of specialists.

Two of those specialists joined Boston Public Radio's Friday News Quiz: Katie Pugliares, a senior biologist and necropsy specialist at the New England Aquarium, and Kate Sampson, the sea turtle stranding and disentanglement coordinator at NOAA fisheries and a former aquarium rescue and rehab biologist.

Click the audio player above to hear more about their work — and to hear them face off on the Friday News Quiz.


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