2nd sea turtle found along Oregon coast

Oregon Coast
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Another sea turtle has washed up on the Oregon coast. 

A couple was walking in Beachside State Park in Waldport Saturday morning when they found the turtle and called the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oregon State Park Beach Ranger Doug Sestrich took the turtle off the beach. Aquarium staff picked up the turtle and took it to back to their facility where they found its body temperature to be dangerously cold but its shell had no cracks. 

The aquarium is now caring for two olive ridley sea turtles. The first was found Wednesday night on Horsfall Beach and taken to the center for treatment. 

It’s body temperature was dangerously low — some 30 degrees below the normal range — and staff worked to slowly bring it back up. They also took X-rays and blood tests and said the results were promising.

The aquarium’s social media followers have dubbed it “Donatello” for its strong will to survive and bright purple bandages. 

This second turtle also needed its body temperature slowly raised. Staff also said they will work to get both turtles back up to between 65 and 70 degrees and administer fluids in the hopes that they recover. 

If they do, the turtle will be transported to SeaWorld in San Diego where they will continue to be rehabilitated and, hopefully, released.  

The aquarium said this week’s strandings are due to high winds and rough surf. These winter conditions can push turtles north from their tropical home waters, driving them into cold water that drops their body temperature, making them slow and weak. 

If you find a stranded turtle, remain near it and call Oregon State Police at 800.452.7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Oregon, Washington and California at 866.767.6114. 

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