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2 Sea Turtles Found On Oregon Coast Die

AP | Dec. 21, 2012 11:30 a.m. | Newport, Oregon

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Officials at the Oregon Coast Aquarium at Newport say two endangered female sea turtles found this week on the stormy north Oregon coast have died.

The aquarium’s Jim Burke says a Green Sea Turtle had been extremely dehydrated and in cold shock but was responsive. As staff warmed the creature, it became apparent that her numerous shell and skull wounds were serious. That turtle died Thursday.

An Olive Ridley Sea Turtle had been unresponsive since she was found. Veterinarians pronounced that turtle dead late Wednesday night.

The turtles were found Monday, one at Seaside and one at Gearhart.

Necropsies are planned to determine the cause of death.


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