male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.116), admitted 7 July 2017, Velidhoo, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
Weight: 26.2kg (upon admission);
Length: 63.5cm (upon admission);
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 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.
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.
Thakuru is very dynamic despite having only one flipper, and is very interested in his food. The injuries are slowly healing.