“Furlough” the Distressed Sea Turtle Passes Away

October 02, 2013

Newport, Oregon—The distressed olive ridley sea turtle that was discovered hypothermic and dehydrated on an Oregon coast beach Monday succumbed to internal injuries early Wednesday morning.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium staff that was caring for her said she declined into an unresponsive state around 1:00 a.m.

Veterinary examination indicated "Furlough," as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff that brought her to the Aquarium called her, sustained internal injuries while tumbling through surf after becoming too hypothermic to swim.

Olive ridley turtles, Lepidochelys olivacea, are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and are typically found in tropical waters around the globe. The species is highly migratory, breeding and nesting in coastal areas and foraging as far as 2400 miles from shore.

USFWS Coastal Oregon Field Office urges anyone who finds a sea turtle on the beach to contact the Oregon State Police Wildlife Hotline at (800) 452-7888 to ensure appropriate transport and care of the animal.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

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