juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.126), admitted 1 February 2018, Vittaveli, S.Malé Atoll, Maldives
Weight: 6.7kg (upon admission); 7.7kg (March 2018);
Length: 40.3cm (upon admission); 40.3cm (March 2018);
Trooper was found by Best Dives Vittaveli (South Malé Atoll), floating near the beach, entangled in a drifting ghost net. He was brought to us on 1 February for care and rehabilitation at our rescue centre.
Sadly, Trooper has lost both of his front flippers, and so cannot be released back into the wild. But that doesn’t stop our little fellow … he is full of energy, has a great personality and loves to go out for swims in the ocean!
Getting stronger by the day! Nothing makes Trooper happier than a good dive in the ocean ! So we take him regularly to the ocean where he is able to dive and swim around with no problems. He has a great personality and loves to chase after his food.
Turtle ‘toys’ add interest to the pool, and Trooper likes to swim around and interact with the environmental enrichment devices (EED).
We are working with a UK company to build Trooper some prosthetic flippers. We have made moulds for his stumps, and currently the first flipper designs are being made.