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The two olive ridley sea turtles recently rescued by the Oregon Coast Aquarium didnot make it, despite the aquarium’s best efforts to save them.The first sea turtle, named Donatello, stranded on Horsefall Beach in Coos Bay on Wednesday. The female olive ridley suffered from multiple breaks in her shell, blood-loss and severe cold-stun. While initial blood analysis showed no signs of infection, additional testing revealed severely compromised kidneys. Donatello likely succumbed to that and potentially other internal issues related to cold stun.
A good Samaritan, Misty White, saw the post on Facebook and a comment linking to the Aquarium’s sea turtle rehabilitation program. “I didn’t think the sea turtle would make it through another high tide,” she explained. “And if the Aquarium could rescue it, then all I had to do was find it.”