AfaaRescue Turtle

juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.XXX), admitted 29 December 2023, Meemu Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: xx.xkg / xx.xcm (on admittance)

Afaa (juvenile Olive Ridley) – found entangled in a ghost net close to Madifushi Private Island (Meemu Atoll) on 29 December.

Upon admission to our Turtle Rescue Centre, it was clear that her back left flipper had been spontaneously amputated from the net entanglement; the contralateral limb exhibits fractures and tissue loss, and the front right flipper has a deep ligature wound.

Afaa is extremely lethargic, presenting short breathing amplitude and severe anaemia. She is dry-docked, receiving systemic antibiotics, wound treatment, B12/iron supplements, and nebulisation (mist inhalation). We are hoping she will pull through, despite her injuries.

AFAA rescue Olive Ridley turtle Maldives
AFAA stranded Olive Ridley turtle Maldives

January Updates

Following careful care and monitoring from our resident veterinarian, Afaa is making good progress.

After a period of intensive care with a combination of antibiotics, fluids, vitamins and force-feeding, she is now active, eating by herself,, swimming in the tank, and even occasionally resting on the bottom. Her wounds are also getting better; the front right flipper with a deep ligature wound is healing well, the range of movement in the back left flipper is slowly improving each day, and exposed bones (tibia and fibula) in the contralateral flipper were amputated. As for the shell and carapace, there is no more bone exposure, so for a turtle deemed with reserved prognosis, she has come a long way in January! 💚 

AFAA rescue Olive Ridley turtle Maldives