[W]e released Olga the rescued Olive Ridley turtle as part of our planned Ocean Day activities on 8 June at Landaa. She had been found floating near Reethi Beach, and had recovered well during her 31 days at our Rehabilitation Centre. We wish her all the best for her future oceanic adventures!
[O]ur current turtle residents – Zahiya, Bobita, and Elisa – have been with us for between eight and fourteen months now. Last month we received some new medical equipment so we are now better able to perform our technique to remove trapped air from the body cavity. This month we removed a total of 10L of air from Bobita and 14L from Zahiya, and both are showing improvements in their flotation problem.
Bobita is now resting sideways with her carapace almost fully submerged, and is making a big effort to dive down during feeding time.
We have also started taking Elisa for daily swimming lessons on the house reef to strengthen her remaining flipper, which was broken; she is gaining muscle and has started trying to dive on her own.
Zahiya stopped eating at the start of this month, perhaps due to the stress of being temporarily housed in a small container, away from the main pools which were full to capacity. After transferring her back, force feeding was attempted on two different occasions but without success. She was then given three injections of fluids over the course of 6 days (totals of 500ml dextrose plus 100ml Lactated Ringer’s) and her condition started to improve. On 19 June she began eating squid and fish, and now we are happy to report that she is eating normally again.
[M]eanwhile, Jessica is our only current resident at our Kuda Huraa Rehabilitation Centre – she is an adult female Olive Ridley turtle, sadly with three flippers missing. She is much healthier than at her arrival in March, with greatly improved positive buoyancy. She has started diving down for food but is still unable to submerge herself completely, so she will need to stay in rehab until we can resolve this problem.
This month another two of our reared green turtles reached 30cm and were released.
1) Alex was fitted with a satellite transmitter before being released on 26 June at Tingiri reef during a Marine Life Safari snorkel. Once we put Alex in the water he swam very quickly out from the reef, heading towards deeper waters.
2) “Green 26” had been suffering from a few health issues during his stay with us, but has since recovered from an infection and was seen to be eating well, so was released on 15 June into the Coral Gardens in our lagoon.