Published: May 19, 2010 9:49 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials say the first sea turtle to be rescued from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is being washed and cared for in New Orleans.

Audubon Aquarium spokeswoman Meghan Calhoun says the endangered Kemp's ridley turtle was found by a biologist in a boat looking for oiled animals in the slick, and arrived in New Orleans late Tuesday night. She says it's probably less than a year old.

Calhoun says its shell is a bit less than seven inches long and about 6½ inches across. Calhoun says the turtle got its first bath Tuesday night and probably will get several more over the next several days. It's being cared for at the aquarium's Aquatics Center on New Orleans' west bank.