female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.159), admitted 4 March 2019, Hurawalhi, Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 23.8kg / 57.8cm (upon admission);
Tiff, a female Olive Ridley turtle, was found floating and unable to dive close to Hurawalhi resort (Lhaviyani Atoll). She has cracks on her shell (likely caused by a boat strike), causing lung damage that means she is buoyant and unable to dive. She had X-ray and ultrasound examinations and it was discovered that she has lung tears, causing a build up of air inside her shell.
On 4 March 2019, Tiff was transferred from the ORP to our turtle rescue centre at Landaa Giraavaru. She was a fussy eater at first and would often refuse food, however she has now started to eat everything!
Updates April 2019
Tiff was quite restless in her recovery pool, so we have transferred her to our sea enclosure out in the lagoon. She now has much more space to freely swim around.
After spending most of May in our enclosure out in the lagoon, we took Tiff back to Centre. We had noticed some sea lice in the wound on her plastron, so gave her a 24h bath in fresh water to remove them.