Ranger finds sea turtle on Columbia River beach

This sea turtle found by a Fort Stevens ranger was transported to Oregon Coast Aquarium for rehabilitation.

FORT STEVENS — A 20 to 30 pound juvenile green sea turtle was found on the beach Sunday morning by a ranger from Fort Stevens State Park. The beach where it was found is inside the mouth of the river just west of Hammond. 

“When we arrived the turtle was quite active, which is a good sign,” Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium said. “But knowing that this poor turtle went through the Columbia River Bar and the fact that its shell looked pretty beat up, we knew that if this turtle had any chance of survival it would be a rough road.”

The turtle was taken to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, one of two licensed rehabilitation facilities in the Pacific Northwest for sea turtles. The other facility is the Seattle Aquarium, which is rehabbing a turtle found in early October on the central Oregon coast.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is also in the midst of rehabbing an olive ridley sea turtle found in on Benson Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco on Nov. 23.

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