Tiffany Boothe/Seaside Aquarium
A 20 to 30 pound live juvenile green sea turtle was found Sunday morning by a beach ranger from Fort Stevens State Park on the Columbia River Beach.
“When we arrived the turtle was quite active, which is a good sign,” Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium said. “But knowing that this poor turtle went through the Columbia River Bar and the fact that it’s shell looked pretty beat up, we knew that if this turtle had any chance of survival it would be a rough road.:
The turtle was transported down to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of two licensed rehabilitation facilities in the Pacific Northwest for sea turtles, the other being Seattle Aquarium which is currently rehabbing a turtle found in early October on the central Oregon coast. a
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is also in the midst of rehabbing an Olive Ridley sea turtle found in Illawco on Nov 23.