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17 rare sea turtles rescued off Cape Cod, Mass.

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Seventeen rare sea turtles suffering a variety of ailments are recovering at the New England Aquarium after being rescued over the past two days off of Cape Cod, Mass.

The turtles rescued by volunteers with the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary at Wellfleet Bay are being cared for at the aquarium’s new animal care center in Quincy. They eventually will be released back to the ocean.

The mostly Kemp’s ridley turtles were suffering from hypothermia, dehydration and malnourishment. The turtles usually migrate to warmer waters in the winter, but aquarium officials say strong northwest winds Wednesday drove the turtles to shore.

Many had body temperatures in the 50s, when they should have been in the 70s.

An aquarium spokesman says it’s unusual for the facility to care for so many at one time.

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