Chomper Rescue Turtle

adult male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.125), admitted 24 January 2018, COMO Maalifishi, Thaa Atoll, Maldives

 

Weight: 21.0kg (upon admission); 23.3kg (Mar-18); 19.4kg (Sept-18); 
Length: 61.8cm (upon admission); 61.8cm (Mar-18); 62cm (Sept-18); 

Chomper was found floating on the ocean surface, entangled in a fishing net drifting close to Como Maalifushi (Thaa Atoll). He was rescued by staff members of the resort and sent to us on 24 January.
Chomper is an adult male (unusual) Olive Ridley turtle, missing both of his right flippers from an old injury (already healed), and covered with some barnacles and algae on his carapace … but he has scrubbed up nicely ! He does have difficulty diving below the surface (turtle buoyancy syndrome) but is making attempts to dive, has a great personality, and will hopefully make a speedy recovery.

Rescued olive ridley turtle 'Chomper' Marine Savers Maldives
Rescued olive ridley turtle 'Chomper' Marine Savers Maldives
Rescued olive ridley turtle 'Chomper' Marine Savers Maldives

March 2018

Chomper has a good appetite for every kind of food we give him, although he is still floating at the surface of his recovery pool. The wounds on his carapace are healing nicely. We take Chomper for rehabilitation swims in the lagoon every week, and he is trying hard to dive down to the sea bed.

May

Chomper has a good appetite for any kind of food we give him, and his carapace wounds are healing nicely. Chomper is taken out for weekly ocean swims; he tries very hard to dive down but he is still very buoyant.

September

Chomper is very active when it comes to feeding times, and his wounds are now completely healed. During his weekly ocean swims, he is still unable to dive but is now sitting lower in the water.

October

Chomper is healthy and active, and still has a good appetite for every type of food. He has recently been spending time in our new large outdoor enclosure, where he has been trying hard to battle buoyancy syndrome with just his 2 flippers, and dive below the surface. We are also treating him daily for a mild fungal infection on the carapace and flippers.

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