Two women are now heros after saving over 800 baby turtles who’d become trapped in a storm drain.
According to a Facebook post by Stockton University, they’ve welcomed in 826 baby rescue turtles that were saved from a storm drain in New Jersey.
They shared that every year, Diamondback terrapin hatchlings hide underground during the winter months to stay warm. Once spring arrives, the little hatchlings emerge from underground and take off to the wild. However, they’re presented with many obstacles along the way, including the need to cross the curb and street.
The University responds to any hatchlings in need by providing them with a safe place to live for the first year of their life.
They said, “In the past few weeks, Stockton University’s Vivarium has welcomed 826 Diamondback terrapin hatchlings that hid from the winter temperatures underground in their nest chambers. These spring emergers that survived for months off of their yolk sacs were scooped out of storm drains in Ocean City, N.J.”
The rescue was performed by Marlene Galdi and Joanne Freas, who discovered that the curb and street aren’t the only obstacles for the little turtles.
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The University wrote, “‘As we passed the storm drains, we noticed that there was activity in them. When we looked closer, we saw that there were baby terrapins swimming in the storm drains,’ said Marlene.”
According to the post, the women “crafted a custom scooper from a telescopic aquarium net attached to a bamboo pole.” They used the pole like a giant fish net to scoop up the little turtles from the drain and “are pleased with how their invention works.”
The turtles were then enrolled in a head start program at the Stockton Vivarium. The program provides rescue turtles with proper care until they’re big enough to be released at around a year old. The post noted that “A head-started terrapin is 2-3 times larger than a wild terrapin of the same age.”Whizzco