PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Despite rescue and rehabilitation efforts, 2 sea turtles found along the Oregon coast died.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium said the olive ridley sea turtles will undergo necropsies to determine the exact cause of death.
Donatello, the first turtle found on Horsfall Beach in Coos Bay, had breaks in her shell and compromised kidneys. The other turtle, rescued Saturday in Waldport, suffered from cold-stunning which takes a toll on the turtle’s organs, officials said.
Evonne Mochon-Collura, the Oregon Coast Aquarium Curator of Fish and Invertebrates, said their deaths needed to be confirmed by rigor mortis since the lack of a response and heartbeat only shows “no sign of life, but not death.”
Their deaths and stranding information will be used for research and education by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and NOAA.
Sea turtles are not found on Oregon or Washington beaches unless stranded, officials said. Anyone who spots a sea turtle should note its location and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 1.800.452.7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1.866.767.6114.