Varugadha Rescue Turtle

adult female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.133), 26 June 2018, Rannalhi (S.Malé atoll), Maldives

 Weight / Length: 22.0kg / 54.6cm (upon admission); 26.4kg / 55.2cm (Sept); 21.6kg / 55.3cm (Mar-19); 

 

Varugadha was found by the Dive team in Adaaran Club Rannalhi (S.Malé atoll), floating in the water, and sent to our turtle rehabilitation centre on 26 June 2018. She presented with an old healed amputation (front right flipper) and a broken carapace (likely from a boat strike). She suffers from buoyancy syndrome so cannot dive; we will proceed with treatment and rehabilitation. We hope to X-ray her soon, to better target the treatment.
Varu is very active, and is sharing the tank with Chomper who she seems to be getting along with.

RB.LO.133 Varugadha (1) turtle rehabilitation Marine Savers Maldives
RB.LO.133 Varugadha (2) turtle rehabilitation Marine Savers Maldives
RB.LO.133 Varugadha (1) turtle rehabilitation Marine Savers Maldives
RB.LO.133 Varugadha (2) turtle rehabilitation Marine Savers Maldives
RB.LO.133 Varugadha (2) turtle rehabilitation Marine Savers Maldives

September 2018

Varu is very active but still suffers from buoyancy syndrome, remaining floating on the water surface and unable to dive down even for food. She is now on antibiotics for a small wound on her nose.

October

Varu’s nose problem is now healing well, but recently her buoyancy syndrome seems to be getting worse, as she appears to be floating higher in the water. We hope to take her for X-rays soon, for a better diagnosis.

March 2019

Unfortunately, Varu has been fighting a viral infection over these past few months. She has recently started to improve with the current medication plan, and lesions are healing.
Varu is very resilient, active and has a voracious appetite. She particularly loves the prawn heads that we feed her.

April

Varu has recovered extremely well from her viral infection. Unfortunately, she has developed another infection in her left front flipper, which is why she remains on antibiotics. Nevertheless, Varu is very strong and active, and always devours all her food!

May

Varu has paid a visit to the vet this month to remove her wrist joint, as the bone was badly infected. The vet is currently testing the bacteria in the lab to see which antibiotic would be the most effective for treating the bacteria. This has provided our team with vital information and important training, and we hope to start these tests and treatments at our own Centre in the future (thanks, ORP team!)

Varu remains on antibiotics,  and her stitches can be removed in 3 weeks time. Nevertheless, Varu is swimming actively, eats all her food and is enjoying her newly renovated pool.

Varu rescue turtle Marine Savers Maldives (1)

June

Varu has been recovering well from her operation and her stitches were removed. Her flipper presents less inflammation and the open wound is beginning to close. She stopped her intramuscular antibiotic treatment and has a break for 5 days, before starting a 10 day course of Metronidazole oral antibiotics.

Varu was taken for her first ocean swim since her operation, which she loved! She was attempting to dive and although she still suffers from buoyancy issues, she managed to get deeper every time

Varu rescue turtle Marine Savers Maldives (1)

July 2019

Varu is making great progress with her diving ! After more than one year of treatment and care at our Centre, we now hope that she can be released back into the wild, some time in the future.

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