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Green sea turtle rescued by SeaWorld San Diego

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 20:03:55-04

A green sea turtle estimated to be 40 to 50 years old was undergoing treatment at SeaWorld San Diego Thursday after being rescued from a salt marsh in South San Diego Bay.

Park officials said the 250-pound turtle, part of a threatened species, was discovered Wednesday in a saltwater evaporation pond and showed signs of lethargy and severe dehydration. The animal also wasn't exhibiting the behavior typical of an adult sea turtle.

Veterinarians conducted a full examination of the turtle to determine if its circumstances were the result of a medical condition, according to SeaWorld.

The turtle is the fifth rescued by SeaWorld San Diego so far this year.