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OR Coast Aquarium treating sea turtle injured by recent storms

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(Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium) (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium)
(Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium) (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium)
NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is treating an endangered olive ridley sea turtle after it was found injured on the beach after the recent storms.

A beach-goer in Bob Straub State Park found the turtle on Thursday and called for help

The Oregon Coast Aquarium said the turtle's location was an indication the something was wrong, as the Pacific Northwest has much colder water and is far north of sea turtle's typical range.

A wildlife officer and biologist brought the turtle to the Aquarium. The turtle was conscious with swelling and had blood around its eyes.

Aquarium staff rinsed and treated the turtle's eyes, checked the turtles vital signs and found it was hypothermic, with a body temperature of 57 degrees, which is 18 degrees below normal.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium team will monitor the turtle's condition, administering fluids and slowly raise the turtle's body temperature.

The Aquarium is the only rehabilitation facility in Oregon permitted to provide the specialized care sea turtles require.

The U.S. 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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