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2 sea turtles that washed up on Oregon Coast continue to improve

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Thunder swims in her rehabilitation pool. (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium) Thunder swims in her rehabilitation pool. (Photo: Oregon Coast Aquarium)
NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -

Two stranded sea turtles are making great recovery strides after washing up on the Oregon Coast.

Thunder and Lightning – endangered olive ridley sea turtles – have been in the care of Oregon Coast Aquarium since December. 

Lightning can now open both her eyes and can track food. Her buoyancy level – caused by air trapped in her body – is also improving. Last week, Thunder ate her first bite of food, and her buoyancy issue is completely resolved. 

"While we are pleased with their progress, the turtles are still in a tenuous condition," said Evonne Mochon-Collura, assistant curator of fishes and invertebrates at the aquarium. "As in any medical recovery, conditions are subject to change, but the turtles’ behaviors are recorded day and night so we can act quickly when changes are observed."

The two will remain in care until they are well enough to be released.

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