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Watch for stranded sea turtles on the Oregon coast this winter

Photo courtesy of The Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The Oregon Coast aquarium is reminding residents to keep an eye open for stranded sea turtles when you’re out walking the beach this winter.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2018 6:37 AM
Updated: Nov. 29, 2018 11:19 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. -- The Oregon Coast aquarium is reminding residents that if you’re out walking the beach this winter, keep an eye open for stranded sea turtles.

Winter storms and transitioning ocean conditions along the Pacific push sea turtles northward into colder waters, where they quickly grow weak and end up stranded on Northwest beaches.

If you find a sea turtle on the beach this winter, immediately note its location, remain nearby to observe it if possible, and contact the Oregon State Police Tipline at 800-452-7888 or the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (MMSN) in Oregon, Washington and California at 1-866-767-6114.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium and Seattle Aquarium are the only rehabilitation facilities in the northwest United States authorized by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to rehabilitate sea turtles.

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