Goodbye Chippy and Hello Bobita !
November 2012 saw us say goodbye to Chippy, who had been with us since July. Chippy is Landaa Giraavaru’s fourth turtle to be released with a satellite tracking device – a mature female Olive Ridley (68 cm carapace) who was found entangled in a fishing net and had to have one flipper amputated.
A film crew filmed Chippy’s release on 8 November to highlight Four Seasons conservation projects. Thanks to a generous donation from a guest, we were also able to equip her with a satellite tag.
Soon after releasing Chippy, Landaa’s turtle rehabilitation centre welcomed Bobita – an adult female olive ridley turtle who had been under the care of the Kuda Huraa team for four months having been found floating near Kandooma in South Male atoll on 3 August. Bobita was transferred to Landaa to give her more space to swim around in an attempt to overcome her ongoing floating syndrome. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.
Samsy the large Olive Ridley Turtle
With a carapace measuring 71cm long, Samsy is the biggest – and probably the oldest – Olive Ridley turtle to be rehabilitated in Landaa Giraavaru’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Samsy was rescued from entanglement in a fishing net at Fulhadhoo (South of Baa Atoll) and brought to Landaa on 10 December 2012 suffering from minor laceration and buoyancy problems.
After a week under the care of our marine biologists, she was released back into the ocean equipped with a satellite-tracking device – the fifth tagged turtle to be released from Landaa. In the first day after her release, she had already travelled 61 kilometres north of the island!