Coral is released into the Pacific Ocean
Coral is released into the Pacific Ocean off San Diego. Courtesy SeaWorld San Diego

Coral, an endangered olive ridley sea turtle that was rescued from an Oregon beach and rehabilitated at SeaWorld San Diego, is back in the ocean for a second chance at life.

The turtle was found stranded on a beach near Salishan on the Oregon coast on Oct. 20, taken to the Seattle Aquarium and then flown to San Diego on Jan. 26 aboard a Coast Guard plane.

Coral was taken to SeaWorld because it is the only facility on the West Coast capable of providing long-term rehabilitative care for sea turtles.

The turtle was released into the Pacific Ocean approximately 10 miles off the coast of San Diego on Aug. 1.

Scientists at the Hubbs-SeaWorld Institute attached a satellite tracking device so that researchers can follow Coral’s movements at sea.

SealWorld officials said it was especially important to rehabilitate a female turtle like Coral to help sustain the endangered species’ population.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.