RIVERHEAD, Long Island — A rising climate drawback is making a battle for survival for endangered sea turtles on Long Island.

It is onerous not to get too hooked up to the little turtles, particularly after saving their lives.

Lenore McGinn and Lorraine Misciagno are volunteers who signed up for the job of patrolling the seashores of Long Island’s north and south shores for the New York Marine Rescue Middle.

They took coaching courses intending to combat the rising climate drawback and extra excessive winters that shrink the sea turtles’ fall migration season.

Emergency rescues are essential when chilly, surprised turtles do not migrate in time and are struggling to survive.

“And it is that important second of discovering these animals on the seashore, the minute they hit the seashore – that helps with their survival,” Rescue Program Director Maxine Montello stated.

That is when volunteers turn out to be key.

“If we’re not on the market, they’re simply gonna die,” Misciagno stated.

The numbers this yr are startling. A record-breaking 85 turtles had been rescued in New York State.

That is twice the number final yr and greater than 50 p.c of these rescued this yr, is probably the most critically endangered kind, often called Kemp’s Ridley.

McGinn and Misciagno say they each really feel like they’ve turn out to be professionals already.

The volunteer drive has additionally doubled since final yr, which might clarify the uptick within the turtles not solely surviving – however thriving on the heart.

The turtles come right here as a result of they benefit from the protecting nature of Long Island’s geography such because the waters from the Long Island Sound, the Peconic Bay, and the Nice South Bay. The aim is to get them again out right here this summer season. The issue is when the water temperature dips under 55.

“They turn out to be buoyant, they don’t seem to be in a position to transfer within the water as a result of they’re cold-blooded species,” Montello stated.

Slightly human safety makes all of the distinction. McGinn and Misciagno say they each have a love for turtles now.

Do you know you can name a 24-hour hotline to report a stranded sea turtle??
Number: 631-369-9829

Should you discover one, you may transfer it above the excessive tide line, cowl it with dry seaweed, mark the world with items of particles, and name the NY Marine Rescue Middle. For more information on changing into a volunteer, CLICK HERE.