The turtles were taken to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island for rehabilitation. Many are expected to be released by the end of the week.
The majority of the cold-stunned turtles have been found from Buxton to Hatteras. Seashore biotechs and multiple volunteer organizations continued searching for cold-stunned turtles on Wednesday.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sea turtles are cold-blooded reptiles that depend on the temperature of their surroundings to maintain their body temperature. When temperatures rapidly decline and sea turtles are cut off from moving to warmer waters, they can suffer from a form of hypothermia known as cold stunning, NOAA said on its fisheries webpage.