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Rescued sea turtles pass away on Oregon coast

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Two sea turtles that were rescued on the Oregon coast passed away.

Rescuers found the animals in different locations near Seaside on Monday.

Crews took them to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

There, the aquarium said the Olive Ridley Turtle never recovered from cold shock and was unresponsive from the time it arrived.

Veterinarians pronounced the Olive Ridley Turtle dead late Wednesday night.

The Green Sea Turtle was extremely dehydrated and in cold shock but responsive when crews rescued it Monday, according to the aquarium.

It suffered multiple shell and skull wounds.

"We had a lot of hope that the Green Sea Turtle could pull through," said Jim Burke, Director of Animal Husbandry at the Aquarium. "However, as we were able to warm the animal up it became apparent the wounds were much more serious. "

The aquarium tried to stabilize the turtle and kept a 24-hour watch on it.

Veterinarians pronounced the Green Sea Turtle dead Thursday morning.

"It is unfortunate these animals didn't make it. Rehabilitation of a wild animal is a challenging process and I am pleased we could give these turtles the best chance possible for survival," said Carrie Lewis, CEO at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The aquarium staff planned to perform a full necropsy on both turtles.

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