New Jersey residents stepped up to save over 800 baby turtle hatchlings.
On Wednesday, Stockton University revealed it is currently caring for hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings after Good Samaritans pulled the baby reptiles from storm drains in Ocean City.
“In the past few weeks, Stockton University’s Vivarium has welcomed 826 diamondback terrapin hatchlings that hid from the winter temperatures underground in their nest chambers,” the Facebook post from the school read. “These spring emergers that survived for months off of their yolk sacs were scooped out of storm drains in Ocean City, N.J.”
The university also noted that the rescuers found the stuck reptiles because they were already looking for animals in need. According to the school’s post, some of the rescuers regularly look for young turtles crossing the street in spring since the little reptiles can have trouble getting up the curb. Rescuers first spotted the turtles caught in the storm drain because they were on the lookout for creatures that needed help crossing the road.
Stockton University’s vivarium will care for the hundreds of diamondback terrapin hatchlings until they are strong enough to be released into the wild.