The Animal Medical Center of Seattle, Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle and Dr. Pokorny of Northwest Veterinary Imaging helped the Seattle Aquarium with a health assessment of a stranded sea turtle.
This 34kg olive ridley sea turtle was found cold-stunned in October on the Oregon Coast. A rescue was coordinated by the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the turtle was transported to the Seattle Aquarium for care. She has undergone several months of treatment and is ready for the next step of her rehabilitation where she will be moved to SeaWorld to prepare her for return back to the wild. The CT scan helped show that she has healed up her bone and lung problems and is ready for transport.
Sea turtles are a protected under the Endangered Species Act. If you see a sea turtle on a Washington, Oregon, or California beach, do not approach, touch, or attempt to move it. Instead, please report the stranding immediately to the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network hotline at 1-866-767-6114. The line is monitored 24 hours per day, seven days per week.