- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a sea turtle found hypothermic and emaciated last month on a southwest Washington beach is improving at a Newport, Oregon, aquarium.

A second cold sea turtle, found last Friday on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, was dead on arrival Monday evening at the Seattle Aquarium.

Oregon Coast Aquarium spokeswoman Erin Paxton in Newport said Tuesday that the olive ridley turtle named Solstice flapped her flippers in water last weekend and has warmed up to her ideal body temperature of 75 degrees. She’s also eating well. Aquarium official Jim Burke says that while she happily chomps fish, she spits out the nutrient-packed gel food supplement she’s offered.

Burke says putting the turtle in a rehabilitation pool confirmed one concern: she has buoyancy issues that prevent her from diving below the water’s surface. He says this is a common ailment for distressed turtles and he hopes the issue resolves itself.

The turtles were found far from the temperate waters of their normal winter range.



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