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 / 53.3cm (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.
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.
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.
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.