female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.115), admitted 1 July 2017, Medufaru, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Weight: 18.6kg (upon admission);
Length: 55.2cm (upon admission);
Molly, a small female Olive Ridley, was found and rescued by team members at Sovena Jani Resort, after becoming entangled and stranded in a ghost fishing net. As a result, Molly suffered deep lacerations to her left front flipper.
Upon arrival at our turtle rehabilitation centre, our new patient was treated with fluid therapy and was given a few stitches from our on-site doctor. Her most noticeable injury is the complete amputation of her right rear flipper, although thankfully the loss of this appendage should not significantly hinder her ability to swim or thrive back in the wild. Despite her ordeal, this lovely turtle is already proving to be very active and making consistent attempts to dive. We expect Molly to recover quickly from her injuries and be able to return to the wild in the near future.
16 August 2017
Molly has been very active in the past week and is now able to dive, to rest at the bottom of her pool and has a huge appetite! After two months in our rehabilitation center, this female Olive Ridley has healed very well from her injuries on her front and back flippers and has overcome her buoyancy syndrome.
She was successfully released from the beach back into the ocean on 16 August. Bon voyage, Molly ! 🙂