A cold-stunned sea turtle, rescued by Mass Audobon volunteers, has been discovered to have only one lung.  

Only about 2-3 years old, it was being checked for pneumonia when the abnormality was discovered. 

The aquarium says being born with one lung is an extremely rare medical condition for a vertebrate, and this turtle dramatically defied the odds to live this long.

The little guy is under the care of the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital and they are hopeful it will be released into the ocean eventually. 

This time of year is critical for volunteers and staff at the sea turtle hospital.

The annual sea turtle stranding season occurs in November and December on Cape Cod. Mass Audubon volunteers and staff search the beaches for cold-stunned turtles.

More great work by the Sea Turtle Hospital and all the volunteers that comb the beaches for distressed sea turtles.  Sending all our good luck to this little guy, who has already proven he’s one tough shell 🙂  

(Via AP & WCVB news