female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.209), admitted 16 March 2020, Velifushi, Vaavu Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 9.8kg / 46.2cm (on admission);
Barbara was found floating on the ocean surface unable to dive, by the team at Dive and Sail Velifushi (Vaavu Atoll).
Barbara arrived at our turtle recovery centre and was found to be suffering from an ear infection and buoyancy syndrome. She is receiving treatment and is under close observation in our recovery pools.
Updates May 2020
Barbara is always active in her pool, and she is very curious about her surroundings … watching us and following us around!
She still suffers from turtle buoyancy syndrome, and is still unable to rest on the bottom of her pool. There are signs of improvement though, and she is sitting lower in the water.