Peggy (RB.LO.050) admitted 25-Aug-14, from Kuramathi (Alif Alif Atoll)
‘Peggy’ a juvenile Olive Ridley turtle was found on 25 August 2014, floating with one missing front flipper, by staff from Kuramathi Island Resort. She was severely dehydrated, underweight and the right side of her carapace was damaged. Her missing flipper could be the result of a ghost net entanglement, and there were barnacle scars and plenty of algae covering her carapace, suggesting that she has been floating for a long time.
Peggy was cared for at Kuda Huraa, where she was rehydrated and treated with laxatives, regaining her appetite. She was then transferred to Landaa Giraavaru on 5 September 2014, for more rehabilitation and monitoring, in the hope of overcoming her buoyancy problems.
As part of our research into turtle buoyancy syndrome, “Image J” was used to record the above-water surface area of Peggy’s carapace, to see if buoyancy changed over time after air tapping treatment. No changes were observed in Peggy’s buoyancy.
Peggy is very active but cannot dive due to positive buoyancy and floats very high in the water. During feeding, we are offering varieties of food from different areas of the pool to encourage swimming. Occasionally, we have had to treat her carapace with anti-bacterial cream.
|Species||Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)|
|Date of Admittance||25 August 2014|
|Location||Kuramathi, North Malé Atoll, Maldives|
|Issues||Front left flipper amputation|
|Diet||Fish, squid and lobster|
|Treatment||Multivitamin and calcium supplements|
|Weight||18.2kg (arrival) 24kg (Nov-15)|
On 9 August 2016 our marine biology team proudly launched its newest Turtle Rehabilitation Programme, “The Flying Turtles”.
Four Olive Ridley turtles – Kerry, Zahiya, La Petite and Peggy – made Maldivian and European history as they travelled by plane from Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives to begin a new life in Europe.
This is the first time that live sea turtles have been flown overseas from the Maldives for conservation and research purposes, and we think they are the only Olive Ridley species actually living in Europe.
Our Flying Turtles : From Maldives to Europe - enjoy our indepth report, photos and videos.
Amazing news …
Peggy is on her way back to the Maldives ! 🙂
This morning, Peggy was swimming energetically around her pool, and diving down to feed on her food of squid and crab. After a period of close observation, we have determined that she is healthy and ready for immediate release !
We attached an ID tag (MS0010) to Peggy’s flipper (in case she is spotted again, in the wild) and we also fixed a satellite tag to Peggy’s carapace. This will enable us to track her movements, and follow her route as she swims around the Maldives, and likely into overseas waters. Once the satellite data starts to be received, you can follow Peggy on our interactive map.
At 11am, Peggy was successfully released back into the ocean, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers! Bon voyage, Peggy, and long may you continue your global adventures! 🙂