Extreme temperatures across the east coast are causing cold-blooded reptiles to shut down in Florida, while elsewhere sharks and penguins are feeling the chill
As New Englanders bundle up and hunker down to ride out the bomb cyclone that is currently hammering the eastern United States with freezing temperatures, heavy winds and snow, they can take comfort in one thing: at least its not raining iguanas.
Thats the situation in Florida, where unusually cold temperatures have sent the green lizards tumbling from their perches on trees a result of the cold-blooded creatures basically shutting down when it gets too chilly. The iguanas are probably not dead, experts say, but merely stunned and will reanimate when they warm up.
Iguanas arent the only species struggling to cope with the cold snap.
In Texas, the temperature in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico has dipped low enough to cold-stun sea turtles, causing them to float to the surface where they are vulnerable to predators. The National Park Service had rescued 41 live but freezing turtles by midday Tuesday.
Meanwhile on Massuchusetts Cape Cod, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy has reported the strandings of three thresher sharks. Two of the sharks were probably suffering from cold shock, the group said, while the third had frozen solid.
A true sharkcicle! the group wrote on Facebook.
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