World Turtle News, 11/28/2017
Oregon couple rescues Lepidochelys olivacea
An endangered sea turtle is recovering at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport Monday morning after it was rescued from a Washington beach on Thanksgiving.
Chad and Mickey Heidt, both Beaverton residents, were camping at Cape Disappointment State Park just across the Columbia from Astoria, when they discovered the stranded olive ridley sea turtle during a walk on Benson Beach around 4:30 p.m.
“I knew there was a major sensitivity to time, so we hurried to contact someone who could help,” Chad Heidt said in a statement provided by the aquarium.
The couple reached out to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, run out of Oregon State University, and arranged to transport the female turtle to Seaside with the help of a park ranger.
Laura Todd, a supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, picked up the sickly turtle and brought her to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, one of only two facilities in the Pacific Northwest authorized by the federal government to provide rehab for wayward sea turtles.
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Photo from Kale Williams | The Oregonian/OregonLive.