A sick sea turtle that washed onto a Lincoln City beach has died.
The olive ridley sea turtle was discovered hypothermic and dehydrated Monday. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service transported the turtle to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport for treatment.
They nicknamed the 33-pound female turtle, Furlough.
Veterinarians said the prognosis for survival was poor, but they still did their best to try and save the turtle.
That included administering fluids and slowly raising the turtle's core body temperature.
However, by 1 a.m. Wednesday, the turtle had "declined into an unresponsive state," according to aquarium workers.
Veterinarians said Furlough sustained internal injuries while tumbling through the surf after likely becoming too hypothermic to swim.
Olive ridley turtles are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and are typically found in tropical waters. They are highly migratory, breeding and nesting in coastal areas and foraging as far as 2,400 miles from shore.
The Fish & Wildlife Service urges anyone who finds a sea turtle on the beach to contact the Oregon State Police Wildlife Hotline at 800-452-7888.
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