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!