kempsridleySince the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary began keeping records back in the 1980s this is the second worst year on record for semi-frozen Kemp’s ridley sea turtles washing up on the sand of Cape Cod Bay. But compared to 2014’s staggering tally of 1,242, which caught all unawares and overwhelmed, it’s manageable – at least on this end.
Outside of one 120-turtle day when the first wintery storm hit before Christmas the Sanctuary’s hardened volunteers have tracked the turtles down, collected them and transported them to the New England Aquarium in Quincy for safe-keeping.

Typically the turtles wash up between Dennis and Eastham but due to variable breezes they’ve been found from Sandy Neck to Provincetown this fall