Peggy (RB.LO.050) admitted 25-Aug-14, from Kuramathi (N.Malé 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)|