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Dehydrated, hypothermic olive ridley sea turtle rescued from Camp Pendleton beach


Last updated 1/13/2012 at Noon

SAN DIEGO - A dehydrated, underweight and hypothermic olive ridley sea turtle was rescued from a beach at Camp Pendleton today, according to SeaWorld San Diego.

Veterinarians said the turtle had some damage to its shell and ingested some plastic trash.

Plastic bags are mistaken for food by sea turtles and can cause intestinal problems.

''Sea turtles tend to feed on jellyfish -- plastic trash that floats in the ocean is often mistaken for jellyfish,'' said Dr. Hendrik Nollens, a SeaWorld veterinarian. ''This is a perfect example of why we need to keep marine debris, especially plastics, o...

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