April Rescue Turtle

juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.173), admitted 9 April 2019, Joali resort, Raa Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: 6.3kg / 36.8cm (on admission); 6.5kg / 37.0cm (Oct-19); 

April was admitted to our Centre on 9 April. She had been found floating on the ocean surface, entangled in an empty rice bag, by the marine biologist at Joali resort, Muravandhoo island (Raa Atoll).

April’s right front flipper was already missing and her left front flipper had a wound where the rice bag was cutting into her skin. A series of X-rays also revealed a lung infection and probable lung tears, explaining her buoyancy.

April is very active and has a healthy appetite. Her flipper wound will heal over time and we are administering antibiotics for the lung infection. Once she gets rid of her buoyancy problems, April will hopefully be able to go back to the big blue!

Coral female olive ridley turtle Maldives [RB.LO.161]
Coral female olive ridley turtle Maldives [RB.LO.161]
Coral female olive ridley turtle Maldives [RB.LO.161]
Coral female olive ridley turtle Maldives [RB.LO.161]

Updates May 2019

April’s flipper wound has successfully healed and she has recovered from her lung infection.
We hoped a visit to the ORP vet would help to remove the air that’s trapped underneath her carapace. Unfortunately, the operation did not seem to improve her symptoms, as she remains buoyant and unable to dive below the water surface. However, she is otherwise healthy and very active, with a big appetite. She is currently enjoying the newly renovated pool.

June

April still remains extremely buoyant since the attempted air removal at the vet, however she is swimming happily in her pool and feeding well. She was taken for her first ocean swim in the lagoon alongside Varu (below).

Varu and April – turtle rehabilitation Maldives ocean swim [1080]

September

April – Olive Ridley rescue turtle Marine Savers Maldives (10.2019) [1080]
April – Olive Ridley rescue turtle Marine Savers Maldives 2 (10.2019) [1080]

Updates January 2020

As recommended by a vet, April started receiving topical treatment of Gentian Violet (antiseptic dye) for her skin infection as betadine + colloidal silver was not working. She receives the dye every 3 days, as it is water resistant and stays on for a long time.

We have observed a possible infection on April’s plastron (underside), so we have started treatment and regular monitoring.

May Updates

April is healthy, active and has a good appetite, but is still suffering from turtle buoyancy syndrome.

June Updates

April had a small ulcer on the plastron but this has now healed. She is otherwise healthy, apart from being unable to dive down below the water surface.

July Updates

April remains stable; her buoyancy syndrome persists, but she has a healthy appetite and tries very hard to dive down below the water surface on her daily exercises. This month, she got to enjoy some fish ‘ice-popsicles’ as environmental enrichment.

April Olive Ridley rescue turtle Maldives pool
April Olive Ridley rescue turtle Maldives care day
April Olive Ridley rescue turtle Maldives fish popsicle
October Updates

April interacting with ‘environmental enrichment devices’ (EEDs) or turtle toys, to stimulate curiosity and new activities, as part of our recent experimentation to refine the rehabilitation process.

Sea turtle rehabilitation enrichment toys APRIL
Sea turtle rehabilitation enrichment toys APRIL
Sea turtle rehabilitation enrichment toys APRIL

January 2021

April remains stable. Her buoyancy syndrome persists, but she has a healthy appetite and tries very hard to dive on her daily exercises.

February

April wil make the ideal candidate for our Flying Turtles program, and we hope  to send her to a permanent home in an overseas aquarium later this year.

July

April remains stable, but her buoyancy syndrome persists. She has a healthy appetite and tries really hard to dive on her daily exercises and ocean swims. She is interacting well with all the pool enrichment devices.

If everything goes to plan, she will soon be our 6th ‘Flying Turtle’. Arrangements are being made with an aquarium in the UK, where she will be an ambassador for sea turtles and marine pollution in her new permanent overseas home.

August

On 29 August, April was transferred to our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at Kuda Huraa, in preparation for her journey overseas. There, she will receive a health evaluation from the Maldivian Authorities before being granted permission to leave the Maldives for the UK in the upcoming weeks.

April remains stable, but her buoyancy syndrome persists. She has a healthy appetite and tries hard to dive during her daily exercises. She is interacting well with our range of environmental enrichment devices (“pool toys”).

April turtle seaplane transfer Maldives

April’s personalised transport container, to fly from Landaa Giraavaru to Kuda Huraa in safety and comfort.

April turtle seaplane transfer Maldives

April has boarded the Four Seasons seaplane, and is ready for take-off on the short journey from Baa Atoll to N.Malé Atoll.

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