Thakuru ‘Taco’ Rescue Turtle

male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.116), admitted 7 July 2017, Velidhoo, North Ari Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: 26.2kg / 63cm (upon admission); 28.2kg / 63cm (Dec-17); 28.2kg / 63cm (Sept-18); 28.2kg / 63cm (Mar-19); 

Thakuru, a male Olive Ridley turtle, was found stranded by Euro Divers on Velidhoo in North Ari Atoll. His head and carapace were covered in a thick layer of algae, indicating entanglement in a ghost fishing net for a long duration. This also resulted in scarring around his neck and the amputation of his two left flippers.
Since admission, Thakuru is slowly getting used to his new surroundings and has developed an appetite for lobster.

Thakuru - rescue turtle - Marine Savers Maldives
August 2017
Thakuru is sharing a pool with Greg and is eating regularly. Although he finds it difficult to dive with missing flippers, he doesn’t seem to be suffering from any floatation problems.

September 2017
Thakuru is sharing a pool with Greg and Stumps. We hope that with some rehabilitation and time he can gain strength and start being more active.

October 2017
Thakuru was transferred to Landaa Giraavaru on 29 October, together with Sweetie and Aavee. We are monitoring closely in case of disease transmissions.
Except for the locations of his amputated front flippers, which were bleeding on the first day, Thakuru seems to be in a good shape. He was sometimes difficult to feed, especially in the mornings, so had to be fed by hand. It took 2 days for him to settle in to his new home and start eating normally. Although he has lost three flippers, Thakuru is very dynamic and interested in food. He is a good candidate for the flying turtle project.

November 2017
Thakuru is very dynamic despite having only one flipper, and is very interested in his food. The injuries are slowly healing.

December 2017
Thakuru is very active and still very interested in his food. His injuries are healing nicely.

January 2018
Thakuru is still very dynamic and interested in food. His injuries on all three stumps are healing well.

March 2018
We have attempted to relocate Thakuru to share the same pool as Chomper, but Thakuru is being very aggressive. We are hoping he will be selected for the new Flying Turtle Programme to be re-housed in a specialist aquarium in Singapore.

Rescued olive ridley turtle 'Thakuru' [RB.LO.116]
Rescued olive ridley turtle 'Thakuru' [RB.LO.116]
Rescued olive ridley turtle 'Thakuru' [RB.LO.116]

September 2018
Thakuru is still very active and interested in food. Out of his three stumps, two are fully healed and the other one is still healing.

March 2019
Tacos stumps are fully healed and he has a voracious appetite. As the water conditions have been very calm recently, we have been able to take him for lots of swims in the ocean. He loves being able to get out into the open water and explore new surroundings!


Thakuru ‘Taco’ male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.116) Maldives


May 2019

Taco is doing well! We have been taking him out for ocean swims this month. His appetite remains healthy, and we have started feeding him with an environmental enrichment tool. Thus, he can practice his movements, doesn’t get bored and is facing small challenges, instead of being handfed every day.

Thakuru ‘Taco’ male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.116) Maldives
Share this page: