SEASIDE – Two sea turtles rescued from rough seas on the Oregon Coast Monday have died.
Aquarium officials said the Green Sea turtle was extremely dehydrated and in cold shock, with “numerous shell and skull wounds.” “We had a lot of hope that the Green Sea Turtle could pull through,” Director of Animal Husbandry Jim Burke said. “However, as we were able to warm the animal up it became apparent the wounds were much more serious. We maintained a 24-hour watch and attempted to stabilize the animal but eventually the turtle died early Thursday morning.”
Workers from the Seaside Aquarium took in one Green Sea turtle found Monday morning. Later, another beach comber reported finding what was identified as a Loggerhead Sea turtle near Gearhart.
“It is unfortunate these animals didn’t make it. Rehabilitation of a wild animal is a challenging process and I am pleased we could give these turtles the best chance possible for survival,” aquarium CEO Carrie Lewis said.
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