- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - One of two Mexican sea turtles rescued off the Oregon coast last winter and taken to SeaWorld for rehabilitation has died.

The Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/23wE3vE ) the olive ridley sea turtle named Thunder was found dead at the San Diego facility Tuesday. The cause of death has not yet been released. Lightning, the other turtle, remains in stable condition.

Both animals were hypothermic and starving when they were found in December. They were taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium before being flown to San Diego, where they had been undergoing rehabilitation to be released back into the wild.

More warm water turtles have been venturing into northern Pacific waters in recent years.

Jim Burke with the Oregon Coast Aquarium says his team will continue efforts to save the endangered animals.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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