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Seattle Aquarium team nurses lost sea turtle back to health

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Tucker, an olive ridley sea turtle, is being rehabilitated at the Seattle Aquarium, eating restaurant-grade anchovies, squid and shrimp. He was found in distress at chilly Cannon Beach, Ore. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times) Tucker, an olive ridley sea turtle, is being rehabilitated at the Seattle Aquarium, eating restaurant-grade anchovies, squid and shrimp. He was found in distress at chilly Cannon Beach, Ore. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
In a quarantine pool, veterinarian Lesanna Lahner checks Tucker the Turtle as he rehabs at the Seattle Aquarium. He’s an olive ridley about 2 feet long and is believed to be 15 to 20 years old. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times) In a quarantine pool, veterinarian Lesanna Lahner checks Tucker the Turtle as he rehabs at the Seattle Aquarium. He’s an olive ridley about 2 feet long and is believed to be 15 to 20 years old. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
SEATTLE (AP) -

By the time Tucker the turtle washed up on an Oregon beach, his body had nearly shut down.

Seattle Aquarium spokesman Tim Kuniholm told the Seattle Times that the olive ridley sea turtle had essentially become a piece of driftwood, borne away from the warm waters of Mexico's Pacific Coast.

Tucker was sent to the aquarium after a beachcomber spotted him. At first, veterinarian Lesanna Lahner wasn't sure the turtle was alive, but then she pinched his tail. He tucked it in, earning his name.

Lahner and her team slowly warmed Tucker up, helped regulate his breathing and fed him anchovies, shrimp and squid once he regained his appetite.

Next, Tucker needs swimming lessons to correct his buoyancy.

Lahner plans to release him in San Diego at the end of the month.

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