Winds from Sandy affect sea turtles

Volusia Beach Patrol closes beach traffic

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The winds on Daytona Beach are getting a little too strong for tourists and even the wildlife.

On Thursday, eight baby sea turtles in need of rescue were taken to the Volusia County Marine Science Center.

"Some of them are dehydrated, malnourished, they're meant to be out in the ocean-- so by the time they've washed up they can be really weak," said Melissa Ranly, director of turtle rehab.

Once they're strong enough and the storm has passed, the sea turtles will be released back into the ocean. Experts say the strong winds and currents can spell disaster for "washbacks" or baby sea turtles that are washing back up to shore.

Melissa Spano of Holly Hill noticed a little sea turtle in a pile of seaweed as she was walking along New Smyrna Beach.

"He still has some spunk he's moving around it looks like his fins kind of cut and his eyes are messed up," she said.

The strongest winds are still on their way, forecaster say. Volusia County officials said beach traffic will remain closed all weekend. Though they'll be lifeguards on watch, Volusia County beach patrol officers are encouraging people to stay out of the water.

"This is pretty intense I've never seen nothing like this," said Tony Arbogast of Indiana.

"It's just very dangerous out there and it is not fun- it's like a washer machine-- there's really not surf you can go out and surf on and have fun, it's extremely dangerous," said Cpt. Tammy Marris.

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