Velassaru Rescue Turtle

female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.123), admitted 14 January 2018, Velassaru, S.Malé Atoll, Maldives


Weight: 22.6kg (upon admission);
Length: 57.8cm (upon admission);

Velassaru was found floating on the ocean surface, entangled in a ghost fishing net, drifting near Velassaru in South Male Atoll.  She was rescued by the dive team of the resort and was sent to us on the 14 January.
This female Olive Ridley turtle has some abrasions on the carapace and flippers, and unfortunately lost one rear flipper due to the entanglement.
Velassaru is taking in some fish at feeding time, and although suffering from ‘buoyancy syndrome’ is attempting to dive down in her recovery pool. She also has a big personality!

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