Stranded olive ridley turtle dies

This olive ridley sea turtle found at Sunset Beach died despite treatment.

A female olive ridley sea turtle found stranded on Sunset Beach near Fort Stevens State Park has died, staff at the Oregon Coast Aquarium reported.

Andrew Pittard, a longtime friend of Seaside Aquarium staff, found the stranded turtle on Saturday. He contacted staff member Tiffany Boothe, who met Pittard at Sunset Beach.

Evonne Mochon-Collura, the curator of fish and invertebrates at Oregon Coast Aquarium, 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 a wound.

Despite treatment efforts, the turtle died Monday morning.

Oregon State University will perform a necropsy to determine the exact cause of death and for data collection. Often in long-term cold-stun cases, the organs are compromised beyond repair, Oregon Coast Aquarium staff said.

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