Since mid-November, volunteers on turtle patrol in Wellfleet, Mass., have found nearly 1,200, almost all young Kemp’s ridley turtles, the most endangered of the six species.
That is almost three times as many as in the previous record year, and many more times the number in an average year. More turtles are being found every day.
Bob Prescott, the director of the Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, who has been saving turtles for 32 years, said he had never seen anything like it.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Connie Merigo, director of marine animal rescue and rehabilitation at the aquarium, who is on the receiving end of Mass Audubon’s work.