Green turtle hatchling (CM.N026.109), 13-May-16, Dusit Thani (Baa Atoll), Maldives
Hatch date: 13/05/16 at Dusit Thani, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Initial weight / length: 19g / 4.6cm
Current weight / length: 1.1kg / 19.4cm (Nov-16); 2.7kg / 26.2cm (Feb-17); 4.1kg / 30.6cm (on release in April 2017)
Honu, Bodhi, Oscar, Rex, Tony – our green turtle juveniles are are developing well and gaining weight quickly, and are now in their “toddler phase” as seen by their behaviour! They have become very bold and boisterous, often making a scene when they leave the pool for our monitoring sessions!
As our rescue Olive Ridley turtles recover from their injuries and are released, we will be able to move our Head Start hatchlings into the larger pools. This increased space should help them grow to our target size of 30cm before release. In the mean time, these toddlers are more than happy to play with enrichment devices (turtle toys) and eat up all the lettuce they can manage!
19 April 2017
And they are off…! It was Rex and Honu’s turn to leave the Marine Savers ‘nest’ and venture back into the big blue.
These beautiful Green sea turtles have come a long way since they were submitted to our centre as hatchlings, weighing only 20g and measuring 5cm in carapace length. Both have grown into healthy and active juveniles and we'll surely miss their cheeky faces.
After a hesitant start crawling down the beach, Honu quickly swam off while Rex was a bit more relaxed, staying closer to shore and having a munch on some seagrass before finally taking off into deeper waters.