Green Turtle ‘Head Start’ Project
On 25 July we released ‘Coral’, one of our reared green turtles who had grown to almost 30 cm in length. This is part of our ongoing Turtle Nest Protection & Rearing Program, where we give a few select individuals a ‘head start’.
ELSA – On 9 July we received a new juvenile Olive Ridley turtle from Bandos Island Resort. The turtle, named ‘Elsa’, had been found the previous day entangled in a fishing net. She was suffering from a laceration to the neck and her front right flipper was already missing; sadly the front left flipper also needed to be amputated. The team at Bandos performed the amputation and transported her to our rehab centre here at Kuda Huraa. Unfortunately, with both front flippers now missing we are not sure about Elsa’s ability to ever survive in the wild.
JESSICA is still with us – her buoyancy is improving now, and with some effort she is able to dive down to the bottom of the pool. To aid her recovery, we have started to take Jessica out to the house reef for swimming and diving practice, to build her muscles and improve buoyancy.
Turtle Satellite Tracking
Meanwhile we occasionally see NOAH, who despite being released back in November 2012 still remains in the local area. Most recently, we photographed him on a snorkelling excursion at Makunudhoo Reef – notice the satellite tracking tag, clearly visible.