At the close of April, we were caring for 3 Olive Ridleys (Lepidochelys olivacea), 1 Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and zero Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) in our Rehabilitation Centre at Landaa.
At Kuda Huraa, ‘Image-J’ analysis has been used to determine the levels of buoyancy in our patients Burrita and Seakid. Initial results analysing above-water surface areas of the carapaces suggests that over the course of the month, both turtles showed a significant improvement (reduced surface areas, as the turtles now sit lower in the water).
Our long-term turtle patient, Ari has been fussy with her food this month, and is now refusing to eat both squid and prawns. She is visibly low on energy, and has been interacting less with visiting guests. We will be giving her more swims out in the lagoon, and will introduce more environmental enrichment toys.
Meanwhile, Emma has made great progress with her diving, and is now often found on the bottom of her tank. She loves resting in her crate-cave with her head sticking out, much to the amusement of guests. Usage of her left flipper has been increasing, and she is now able to successfully hunt live crabs, so hopefully she will soon be fit for release.
This month, we inspected and maintained our large turtle enclosure out in the lagoon, removing coral growth and marine organisms, and repairing several small holes that had developed in the netting.