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Mass turtle strandings show animals are rebounding

November 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Marine biologists say there’s a silver lining in the recent mass strandings of sea turtles on Cape Cod: It’s a sign that the endangered animals are rebounding.

Nearly 200 Kemp’s Ridley turtles that became stranded on the Cape were airlifted to Florida earlier this week.

Experts say the animals become stranded when they can’t figure out how to get out of Cape Cod Bay to warmer waters.

The New England Aquarium says the turtles would have died had they not beached themselves. But it says the unprecedented number of strandings suggests a high percentage of the turtles that hatched over the last two to five years have survived.

The aquarium says that should aid in the slow recovery of the world’s most endangered sea turtle population.

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