Officials say 32 cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles rescued off New England’s coast have arrived in the Florida Keys to warm up at the Turtle Hospital.

A volunteer group of general aviation pilots, under the banner of “Turtles Fly Too,” transported the reptiles on Tuesday.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Brooke Burkhalter, from left, Bette Zirkelbach, Shelby Loos and Jeff Carr work to intubate a Kemp's ridley sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. (Larry Benvenuti/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Brooke Burkhalter, from left, Bette Zirkelbach, Shelby Loos and Jeff Carr work to intubate a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. (Larry Benvenuti/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Hospital officials say several of the turtles suffer from compromised immune systems and pneumonia as a result of “cold stunning,” a hypothermic reaction that occurs when turtles are exposed to cold water for prolonged periods.

The turtles were rescued over the past month off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They were initially treated at the New England Aquarium in Quincy, Massachusetts.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, veterinarian Brooke Burkhalter examines the eye of a Kemp's ridley sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. (Larry Benvenuti/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, veterinarian Brooke Burkhalter examines the eye of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. (Larry Benvenuti/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

Upon their arrival at the Turtle Hospital, on-site veterinarians and staff conducted full physical examinations and began caring for the reptiles.

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle attempts to climb out of its tub at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. (Larry Benvenuti/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle attempts to climb out of its tub at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Fla. (Larry Benvenuti/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

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Source: The Associated Press

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