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Sea Turtle Rehabilitation

A white wave shape.

Like all reptiles, olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) cannot regulate their body temperature (they’re cold-blooded). Although they are found worldwide, they prefer warm or tropical waters and a little time on a sunny beach. Yet over the past 10 years, more than four dozen sea turtles have been stranded on Washington and Oregon beaches.

Cold-stunned and stranded

What to do if you spot a stranded animal on the beach

If you find a stranded sea turtle or marine mammal, you can call NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-866-767-6114.

You can also report sick or hurt amphibians, birds, mammals and invertebrates to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


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Please note: Our ticketing and membership systems will be offline for approximately two hours starting at 9pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 20. During the maintenance window, online ticketing and membership will not be available.

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Support the Seattle Aquarium

Two sea otters at the Seattle Aquarium floating on the water in their habitat, holding onto each other demonstrating a rafting behavior.

With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

An adult sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium looking upwards with its front paws resting on its front.

Giving Tuesday

Make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Seattle Aquarium

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to a very generous anonymous donor!

Sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium laying on its back, raising its head and front paws.

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