Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Offering Two Stranding Courses for 2018

A loggerhead strands early in the season. Courtesy of Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

WELLFLEET – The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is reminding the public not to miss the final field school courses the sanctuary is offering this year.

There are two courses left in 2018, which focus on Sea Turtle and Marine Animal strandings.

Every year in the month of November, sea turtles who have lingered in Cape Cod Bay succumb to dropping water temperatures and become cold-stunned, eventually washing ashore on bayside beaches. The sanctuary has been involved in rescuing the turtles for close to 30 years with the help local volunteers.

The sanctuary says that autumn and winter in New England marks the time of year when other marine animals can be found stranded on local beaches.

A handful of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary staff along with local experts will teach participants how to successfully and safely rescue a cold-stunned sea turtle, with first-hand experience.

One course is scheduled to take place from November 29 through November 29. The other is set to begin on December 5 and finishes on December 6.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center

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