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Rescued turtles get second chance

Olive ridleys returned to the ocean
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 15, 2017 9:52AM

Last changed on September 15, 2017 10:57AM

Underwater photo of Solstice.

SeaWorld San Diego

Underwater photo of Solstice.

Lightning, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle, is returned to the ocean by Oregon Coast Aquarium director of animal husbandry Jim Burke and SeaWorld San Diego aquarist Danielle Castillo, 15.

SeaWorld San Diego

Lightning, a rescued olive ridley sea turtle, is returned to the ocean by Oregon Coast Aquarium director of animal husbandry Jim Burke and SeaWorld San Diego aquarist Danielle Castillo, 15.


Three olive ridley turtles discovered comatose along the Oregon and Washington state coasts after winter storms returned to ocean waters this week.

Solstice, Tucker and Lightning returned to the ocean after treatment at SeaWorld in San Diego. Olive ridley sea turtles are listed on the federal endangered species list as threatened.

Tucker, a male olive ridley turtle between 15 to 20 years old, was found at Cannon Beach after storms in December 2015. He had a 40-degree body temperature when rescued. Staff at the Seaside Aquarium rescued the male olive ridley sea turtle after it washed ashore south of Tolovana, likely pushed into colder waters by strong winds, aquarium administrative assistant Tiffany Boothe said at the time. Juvenile olive ridleys sometimes travel in warm currents offshore.

Tucker developed severe pneumonia and had to be treated in a hyperbaric chamber because he developed air in his tissue and a buoyancy problem.

He was transferred to the Seattle Aquarium after his initial care then flown to SeaWorld San Diego by the Coast Guard in April 2016.

Lightning is a female olive ridley turtle that was stranded in Pacific City, suffering from hypothermia, buoyancy issues and injuries to both eyes.

After treatment at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Lightning, along with Thunder, an olive ridley found in Gearhart, were escorted by the Coast Guard and a rehabilitation team to SeaWorld. Thunder died while completing her final rehabilitation stage before release into the wild.

Solstice, a female olive ridley turtle, was found in Oysterville, Washington, rescued and cared for initially by the Oregon Coast Aquarium in December 2014. She was flown to SeaWorld by the Coast Guard in February 2015.



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