Magical 4 December 2001
If animal rescues were pure science and conservation, then each event would elicit the same emotional feel. But, in all honesty, there is something almost mystical about rescuing a sea turtle at the moment of sunset, when long shadows become mysterious shapes and the beach is transformed into a magical place.
The call came tonight at 4:15. A fellow exercising his dog at Easthamís Sunken Meadow discovered a turtle inching its way back toward the receding bay. Tossed ashore cold-stunned with the early afternoon high tide, this Kempís ridley had warmed in the bright 55-degree sunshine and started to crawl back to the sea. Not quite warm enough, though, to move fast enough to catch the ebbing tide.
This morning a park ranger from the Cape Cod National Seashore found a dead ridley on Bound Brook Island in north Wellfleet. And last evening, Dennis Murley recovered the liveliest turtle of the year from Robbins Hill in Brewster. It was nearly a twin to this eveningís ridley, less than a centimeter shorter, a centimeter wider, and a 100 grams heavier.
With todayís rescues, the 2001 cold-stunned stranding count stands at 39 turtles: 36 Kempís ridleys, 2 loggerheads, and 1 green.