Wounded Turtle Washes Up on Marine Base

The olive ridley sea turtle has some shell wounds

By Michelle Wayland
|  Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 3:27 PM PDT
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SeaWorld Aquarist Tim Downing, SeaWorld Veterinarian Dr. Hendrik Nollens and SeaWorld Veterinary Technician Jennifer Rego are seen treating the sea turtle.

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An olive ridley sea turtle was found beached today on Blue Beach on Camp Pendleton.

The base’s wildlife biologists notified SeaWorld, who is now treating the turtle.

“Initial assessment of the turtle indicated that the sea turtle is dehydrated, underweight and hypothermic,” said SeaWorld spokesperson Kelly Terry.

It also has some shell wounds and appears to have ingested some kind of plastic debris.
The turtle is being given fluids and antibiotics.

“SeaWorld will continue to care for the turtle until it is in good health.  If all goes well, the turtle could be returned to the ocean later in the year when the waters are warmer,” said Terry.

The turtle is estimated to be 10 and 20 years old and weighs more than 42 pounds.

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