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The Gulf of Maine Times

Volume 4, Number 1

Gulf groups wade in to help stranded marine animals

By Suzy Fried, Editor

Wellfleet, Massachusetts - Last November and December more than 200 sea turtles washed ashore on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in a dramatic example of a fairly regular phenomenon in this region: marine animal strandings.

Weather, disease, parasitic infestations, injury, and oil spills are among the factors that can bring sea turtles, porpoises, dolphins, seals, and seabirds ashore - singly or in large numbers.

"Tiny." A 200-pound/91-kilogram loggerhead sea turtle, receives medication from New England Aquarium Vetrinarian Cynthia Smith. The turtle was one of more than 200 that stranded on Cape Cod in November and December. Photo: Don Lewis/Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary