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Sea Turtle Rescued at Cape Cod Beach Dies Despite Efforts to Save Him

A 350-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was rescued from a beach in Truro, Massachusetts, and taken to a nearby sanctuary died on November 24.

The male was found stranded on his back on November 20, and was brought to Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. He was later transferred to New England Aquarium for treatment, but died a few days later.

“The turtle arrived at the Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital minimally responsive and not breathing on his own. Aquarium veterinarians and biologists administered medications and replacement fluids to help stabilize the turtle, but did not expect him to make it through the night,” the aquarium said in a statement.

“Over the weekend, he remained in guarded condition with multiple health problems. Despite receiving expert care around the clock, his condition continued to deteriorate and he died Tuesday,” it said.

Footage by the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary shows the turtle being bundled up by a rescue crew at the beach. Credit: Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary via Storyful