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Sea turtles found in Oregon recovering at SeaWorld

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A pair of olive ridley turtles found comatose on a beach in Oregon are doing well one week after being transferred to SeaWorld San Diego, park officials said Friday.

Named Thunder and Lightning, the turtles belong to an endangered species usually found in warmer, tropical waters.

The turtles were discovered in December following a pair of big winter storms, and given care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. They were flown to San Diego by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Park officials said Thunder is 2 feet long and weighs about 80 pounds. Her primary medical issue was severe hypothermia.

Lightning, also 2 feet long and weighing about 50 pounds, also suffered from hypothermia, as well as other problems, including a buoyancy issue and injuries to both eyes. The goal is to get them healthy enough to return to the ocean.

Olive ridley turtles generally venture no further north than Southern California on the eastern Pacific coast but do sometimes wander into the relatively cold waters of Oregon and Washington state, according to SeaWorld.

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