juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.173), admitted 9 April 2019, Joali resort, Raa Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 6.3kg / 36.8cm (on admission);
April was admitted to our Centre on 9 April. She had been found floating on the ocean surface, entangled in an empty rice bag, by the marine biologist at Joali resort, Muravandhoo island (Raa Atoll).
April’s right front flipper was already missing and her left front flipper had a wound where the rice bag was cutting into her skin. A series of X-rays also revealed a lung infection and probable lung tears, explaining her buoyancy.
April is very active and has a healthy appetite. Her flipper wound will heal over time and we are administering antibiotics for the lung infection. Once she gets rid of her buoyancy problems, April will hopefully be able to go back to the big blue!