Olive Ridley Turtle Hatchling (rare), nest #N001, admitted 07 February 2019, Joali resort, Raa Atoll, Maldives
Weight/Length: 16g/4.1cm (on admission);
‘Lucky’ (LO.001) was admitted on 7 February – our very first Olive Ridley turtle hatchling. Although large Olive Ridleys are an all too common sight, entangled and floating in drifting ghost nets, they are rarely seen nesting in the Maldives.
Lucky presents deformations to the plastron (shell) and front left flipper, but we don’t know if his internal organs are affected. He is currently in quarantine and under close observation.
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Introducing our newest patient named Lucky. Lucky is an Olive Ridley sea turtle with a deformity on his carapace and left front flipper. He has difficulty swimming and loses his balance in water where he cannot touch the bottom. For now he can practice his swimming in very shallow water. This case is particularly interesting given that Olive Ridley sea turtles do not commonly nest here in the Maldives. He is also our first Olive Ridley hatchling patient.🐢😄🏥🌊🌍 . . . #maldives #marineconservation #turtle #seaturtle #seaturtlerehabilitation #rehabilitation #wildliferehabilitation #blueplanet #blueocean #natgeo #wildlife #oceanlove #staysalty #fskudahuraa #fsmaldives #hatchling #babyturtle #turtlesofinstagram #oliveridley #reefscapers
4 May 2019
Sadly, Lucky was found unresponsive in his pool this morning 🙁 .