4,300 animals were rescued out of 13,000. They were released again into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Nearly a third of the 4,300 sea turtles, which froze in the biting cold that struck Texas last month, have been rescued and brought back to the Gulf of Mexico in a rescue operation coordinated by local organizations and volunteers.

The Sea Turtle Network, coordinated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says about 13,000 frozen reptiles have been found off the coast of Texas. Since the organization was founded in 1980, this has been the largest number of such events involving turtles in the United States.

Most of the sea turtles found during the ruling in the winter were already dead, and only those that survived with the help of experts and volunteers survived. The water and air were “too cold for too long” that the reptiles recovered on their own. NOAA’s Barbara Schroeder said some of the animals were still making a recovery.

With temperatures dropping below zero, researchers, volunteers and coast guards joined forces to collect frozen turtles from the water and beaches, while the state suffered power outages and fuel stations emptied.

Sea Turtle Inc. South Padre Island has recruited so many turtles that after a while it began placing reptiles in a convention center in its vicinity. Additionally, frozen turtles have experienced other problems: hooks, for example, or injuries when hitting a boat. Almost all rescued reptiles were ordinary turtles.

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The collected animals could only be heated slowly, after which, after gaining strength, they underwent a health check and a swimming test and were released back into the sea.

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On Sunday, 30,000 homes were still without electricity in the southern states.

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Although the weather in Texas is already getting warm, millions of people still live without electricity and running water in the US state. President Joe Biden has described Texas as a disaster-stricken region, so more federal aid could reach the area paralyzed by the cold weather.