NEWPORT, Ore. – The female turtle that washed onto a beach in Lincoln City with a myriad of medical issues has died, despite efforts at the Oregon Coast Aquarium to save her.
The olive ridley turtle, which was named “Furlough,” washed ashore Monday. Aquarium staff said the turtle arrived hypothermic, dehydrated, anemic and battered by the surf. She also had a scarred and chipped shell.
Furlough’s core body temperature was more than 10 degrees below normal. The Aquarium, which is licensed to rehabilitate sea turtles, was slowly warming the air around Furlough to raise her temperature.
But despite those efforts, a spokesperson for the aquarium said the turtle died early Wednesday morning of complications related to her internal injuries.
Aquarium staff said that Furlough’s prognosis is poor, but they will better be able to assess her condition after she is warm enough to be placed in water.
Anyone who finds a turtle washed ashore in Oregon was urged to contact the Oregon Wildlife Hotline at 1-800-452-7888.