Folks in New Jersey Are Caring For More Than 800 Baby Turtles Rescued From Storm Drains
Hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings have been rescued from underground storm drains along the Jersey Shore.
Small terrapins can slip into drains when attempting to cross the street, and these ones were found surviving off their yolk sacs.
Volunteers successfully rescued a total of 826 baby turtles using a specially crafted scooper made from a telescopic aquarium net attached to a bamboo pole.
Now staff at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ are caring for and rehabilitating them under their Head Start program.
Once the creatures are ready—in about a year—they’ll be placed back in the wild where they can thrive.