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News Quiz: The Frozen Turtle Edition

A Kemp's ridley turtle is checked out by a scientist at the New England Aquarium's Animal Care Center.
Amanda McGowan/WGBH News

You might have heard reports from Florida last week about frozen iguanas falling from trees after being stunned by the chilly temperatures.

But did you know a similar phenomenon happens to sea turtles — right in Cape Cod Bay?

Each winter, hundreds of turtles become trapped in the bay when the temperature drops and they become "cold-stunned" by hypothermia. When they wash up on the Cape's beaches, volunteers with the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary collect them and bring them to a state-of-the-art sea turtle hospital run by the New England Aquarium in Quincy, where they are nursed back to health by a team of specialists.

Two of those specialists joined Boston Public Radio's Friday News Quiz: Katie Pugliares, a senior biologist and necropsy specialist at the New England Aquarium, and Kate Sampson, the sea turtle stranding and disentanglement coordinator at NOAA fisheries and a former aquarium rescue and rehab biologist.

Click the audio player above to hear more about their work — and to hear them face off on the Friday News Quiz.


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