Rescued Sea Turtles Arrive At Sea World

They were rescued off the coast of Oregon.

By Susan Taylor
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 AM PDT
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'Turtle Transport' Arrives

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Two female sea turtles, rescued from the frigid waters off the Oregon coast caught a ride with the Coast Guard to get to San Diego Thursday.

 

The olive ridley sea turtle and Pacific green sea turtle were in severe thermal shock when they were recovered from the ocean in November, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The turtles were taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium where they were recovering well but needed more rehabilitation in order to be released back into the wild.

"Very rarely do they show up on our shores but when they do we know we have a responsibility to save their lives and learn more about sea turtles,” said Gary Gamer with the Oregon Coast Aquarium. “Very little is known. These are remarkable creatures.”

SeaWorld in San Diego is better equipped to help the turtles recuperate so they can be released back into the wild.

The Coast Guard was able to schedule the turtle transport to coincide with a training mission.

The crew picked up the turtles in a C-130 Hercules and arrived at Naval Air Station North Island Thursday afternoon.

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