Turkey, the olive ridley sea turtle found stranded on Washington’s Benson Beach, has passed an important milestone: She was successfully moved to a shallow water holding space. Turkey is pictured, courtesy of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where she was taken on Thanksgiving Day, weak, dehydrated and hypothermic. She probably had not eaten in a month or more.
The turtle has had X-rays and blood draws, all while her body temperature is slowly being raised with climate control. The next goal is to have her accept food. While aquarium staff is optimistic, she remains lethargic, and her recovery is still uncertain.
If you find a sea turtle on the beach, here’s what you need to do: Note its location, remain nearby to observe it, and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 800-452-7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 866-767-6114.