juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.194), admitted 23 January 2020, Fuvahmulah, Maldives
Weight / Length: 3.7kg / 30.9cm (on admission);
Tara was found close to the local island of Fuvahmulah, floating on the ocean surface and covered in tar. She was sent to us on 23 January and admitted into our turtle rescue centre for immediate care.
Initially we removed the excess of tar with soapy water and sponges, and let her rest for the night. Then she had spa treatments with mayonnaise (as per NOAA recommendations) – the mayo helps to break down the tar for easier removal.
After a couple of mayo massages, Tara started to look like a turtle again. We hope for her prompt recovery so we can return her back into the wild!