- Only one man to face trial over alleged offences at cyril smith-linked school
- Breivik attack survivor says brexit side won 'by spreading fear of immigration'
- Mother of slain California black man wants peaceful protest
- England injury double blow as james anderson and mark wood miss bangladesh tour
- British Airways reveals its new economy class M&S food options as free meals are scrapped
- Prince George and Princess Charlotte lookalikes run amok on This Morning
- Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law spotted in London for first time since Brazil kidnapping
- Just seven doctors left in bombed-out Syrian city of Aleppo to treat 250,000
- Tesla driver injured as car on autopilot crashes into tourist bus in Germany
- Student in a coma saved when she wiggled toe as doctors about to turn off life-support
More from Baltimore
Reporting Christie Ileto
Filed underLocal, News, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Watch + Listen
Related tagsAnimals, Baltimore, Endangered, National Aquarium, Sea Turtles, Turtles
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries
Car Snapped: Celebrities Caught On The Go
Notable Deaths Of 2012
All-Time Father-Son Celebrity Duos
25 Downs: NFL Injuries Over The Years
» More Photo Galleries
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The urgent push to save endangered sea turtles comes to Baltimore.
As Christie Ileto explains–thousands of scientists from around the world are finding ways to stop the worst case scenario–extinction.
The race to save sea turtles is kicking into overdrive.
Inside a Fells Point warehouse, seven sea turtles are being rehabilitated by the National Aquarium. But these jewels are a fraction of what officials call a bigger problem.
“November, December into 2013 we have definitely seen an influx of sea turtle strandings,” said Amber White, National Aquarium.
This season alone, the National Aquarium says more than 250 sea turtles are swimming to shore and getting stranded in shallow waters along the East Coast. Last year, there was only one live stranding on Maryland’s coastline–the others died.
“The things that endanger them are fisheries, habitat degradation, pollution, plastics in the ocean,” said Raymond Carthy, U.S. Geological Survey.
And now, more than 1,000 scientists from around the globe are coming to Baltimore to hatch out ways to protect them.
“Maryland has a lot at stake,” Seyjaget said.
The National Aquarium is responsible for rescuing sea turtles stranded along Maryland’s coastline–including the Chesapeake bay–which is considered an important area for many turtle species.
“It’s calmer waters for the animals and during their migration from north to south they do find their way into the Chesapeake,” he said.
“We’ve got to take an immediate and global approach to conserve these animals.”
And that means monitoring Maryland’s coastline more to keep the number of sea turtle strandings down.
Weather plays a factor in sea turtle strandings. Officials say colder weather sees more strandings.
Officials say in some cases, the worst case scenario is already occurring and they’re seeing declining sea turtle populations along the Pacific Coast.