female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.207), admitted 9 March 2020, Velifushi, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 9.0kg / 43.7cm (on admission);
Asha was spotted floating on the ocean surface, by the dive-boat crew at Soneva Jani resort (Noonu Atoll). She was unable to dive below the water surface, but luckily she did not appear to have any other major injuries.
Asha was admitted to our turtle rescue centre on 9 March, where she was found to be dehydrated and suffering from buoyancy syndrome. She was likely entangled in a ghost net for a period of time, and subsequently managed to free herself.
Upon arrival, Asha was immediately given a freshwater bath, inspected for injuries and cleaned thoroughly. She is already attempting to dive in her pool which is a promising sign, so hopefully she can be released very soon.