The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s effort to rehabilitate two stranded sea turtles continues, with improvement in both turtles, found on different beaches last November. An Olive Ridley sea turtle was found stranded on Agate Beach in Newport and a Green sea turtle was discovered on the southern Washington coast.
The turtles, both females, were transported to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which is designated by U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) to rehabilitate and transport sea turtles, with the goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat.
“We are on schedule for a mid to late January transfer to San Diego’s SeaWorld Turtle Rehabilitation Center,” said Jim Burke, Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry.
“We will conduct more diagnostic tests to determine their levels of proteins and globulin, which are indicators of overall health.” Burke said the Olive Ridley sea turtle is no longer on fluids, but the Green sea turtle continues to receive supplemental fluids into her body cavity. Aquarium veterinary staff conducted x-rays to look for lung problems and nothing was found, but the Green sea turtle has a fracture in one of its flippers.
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