Green sea turtle rescued by SeaWorld returned to ocean
Last Updated: 243 days ago
SAN DIEGO -
A green sea turtle rescued from the Oregon coastline and returned to health by animal care staff at SeaWorld San Diego was returned to the ocean Wednesday.
The 150-pound turtle was discovered in June -- dehydrated, nearly comatose and suffering from exposure to cold water and injuries to its shell -- and stabilized at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
"Koa" was later flown to SeaWorld San Diego aboard a Navy aircraft that was flying a training mission.
Warmer water conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast allowed for Koa's return, according to SeaWorld.
Park officials said green sea turtles are considered to be a threatened species. SeaWorld has rehabilitated more than 450 marine mammals, sea birds and turtles so far this year.
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