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series: Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction
air date: 10/01/17 4:00 AM
Late each autumn, hundreds of sea turtles strand on Cape Cod due to hypothermia. For more than 25 years, the New England Aquarium and the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary have worked together to rescue, rehabilitate and release thousands of these sea turtles, mostly Kemp's Ridleys, the world's most endangered sea turtle. Over the last decade, the number of stranded turtles has steadily increased, but the late autumn of 2014 saw an unprecedented event as more than 1,200 cold-stunned sea turtles washed ashore. This massive wildlife emergency marshaled an inspiring response that reached from individuals to the federal government. This feature length documentary also tells the larger natural history story of the Kemp's Ridley and how humans pushed a healthy population to the precipice of extinction and are now slowly helping it to recover.
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