Frisbee Rescue Turtle

adult male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.139), admitted 10 August 2018, North Malé Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: 20.5kg / 56.7cm (upon admission); 20.5kg / 56.7cm (Sept-18); 23.6kg / 57.3 cm (Mar-19); 

 

Frisbee was found floating in open waters in North Malé Atoll, and brought to us with his 2 front flippers missing (presumably after prolonged entanglement with a drifting ghost net).

Frisbee enjoys eating crabs, but suffers from buoyancy syndrome, being unable to dive down and rest at the bottom of the pool (which he shares with Albert). Sadly, it is unlikely that he would ever be able to survive out in the wild.

Below: note Frisbee’s long tail protruding from the carapace, indicative of adult males.

Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)
Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)
Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)

Updates November 2018

Frisbee was transferred from our Kuda Huraa centre to Landaa Giraavaru, where he quickly settled in. He is active and eating well.

Updates March 2019

Since being admitted to the centre, Frisbee has settled in well. He has a healthy appetite and is very active. As the water conditions are calm, he is currently in our sea enclosure where he has a lot of space to swim. He is very good at navigating around the enclosure just using his remaining two rear flippers!

Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)
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