Rare loggerhead sea turtle found washed ashore on Oregon coast dies

Photo courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium

A cold-stunned loggerhead sea turtle that was found on the Oregon coast last weekend has succumbed to its injuries and died.

The rare turtle was found at Crescent Beach in Ecola State Park Saturday and taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. Sadly, it passed away from its injuries.

A necropsy is scheduled, but officials say loggerheads usually prefer warmer temperatures and that likely played a part in its demise.

“We hope to learn from this loss but accept that the odds of saving stranded animals are low,” Jim Burke with the Oregon Coast Aquarium said. “The turtles that strand on our shores are in a compromised state—the water temperature off Newport is in the low 50s this time of year, and these cold-blooded animals prefer water that’s at least twenty degrees warmer.”

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