Driven by cold weather to the Oregon Coast, a female olive ridley sea turtle found stranded on Sunset Beach near Fort Stevens State Park failed to survive, staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium reported.
Andrew Pittard, a longtime friend of Seaside Aquarium staff, found the stranded turtle on Saturday, Jan. 27. He contacted staff member Tiffany Boothe, who met Pittard at Sunset Beach.
Oregon Coast Aquarium Curator of Fish and Invertebrates Evonne Mochon-Collura met Boothe halfway between Newport and Seaside to receive the turtle. Oregon Coast Aquarium staff found the turtle’s body temperature at 54 degrees, then administered fluids and cleaned the wound. Despite efforts, the turtle died Monday morning.
Oregon State University will perform a necropsy to determine exact cause of death and for data collection. Often in long-term cold-stun cases, the organs are compromised beyond repair, Ocean Coast Aquarium staff said.