Nest N016 Voavah Hatchlings
Hawksbill Turtle Hatchlings, EI.N016.050-56, admitted 18 August 2018, Voavah, Baa Atoll, Maldives
EI.050 Biscuit – 12g/3.8cm (admission); 44g/5.9cm (Oct); 70g/7.1cm (Dec);
EI.051 Cookie – 13g/3.8cm (admission); 66g/6.8cm (Oct); 96g/7.9cm (Dec);
EI.052 Chocchip – 13g/3.9cm (admission); 46g/6.5cm (Oct); 46g/6.5cm (Dec);
EI.053 Donut – 14g/3.9cm (admission); 52g/6.4cm (Oct); 76g/7.7cm (Dec);
EI.054 Muffin – 12g/3.7cm (admission); 62g/6.6cm (Oct); 118g/8.6cm (Dec);
EI.055 Scone – 13g/3.9cm (admission); 41g/5.4cm (Oct); deceased.
EI.056 Croissant – 12g/3.9cm (admission); 49g/6.4cm (Oct); 64g/7.5cm (Dec);
Our third nest of Hawksbill turtle hatchlings from Voavah (Four Seasons Private Island).
The nest was spotted by a member of staff, in between bushes on the beach. He rescued the 7 hatchlings from the nest, and sent them to Kuda Huraa for rehabilitation. Sadly, only 7 of the 66 eggs contained hatchlings; the remaining eggs were found without development, possibly due to the location and local conditions around the nest (there were also some signs of egg predation).
All the hatchlings presented with an infected scar-cord (connects the hatchling to the yolk sac in the egg). In addition, Scone suffers from a deformation of the carapace scutes, and Croissant presents a skin infection and a nostril deformation.
We recently relocated our young Hawksbill turtle hatchlings into a bigger pool, where they are able to learn how to dive deeper and discover their boundaries. They are gaining weight, and love to swim after their foods of lobster and jellyfish.
Sadly, on 29 November, Scone was found unresponsive in his pool; cause of death appeared to be an infection and collapsed lung.