Bowser Rescue Turtle

female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.164), admitted 23 March 2019, Kuda Huraa, Bodu Hithi, N.Malé Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: 33.8kg / 63.4cm (on admittance);

Bowser was admitted to our turtle rescue centre here in the Maldives on 24 March. She had been found entangled in a ghost net (discarded fishing gear) close to the resort island of COCO Bodu Hithi (N.Male Atoll).

Bowser suffers from lacerations on both flippers, and is unable to dive below the water surface to look for food (turtle buoyancy syndrome).

Updates April 2019

Bowser has been very active in our recovery pool, and her movements have re-opened some wounds. She is undergoing treatment and is under careful observation. Her lacerations were severe and not healing, so we sent Bowser to the ORP for amputation surgery by the resident veterinarian (thanks, guys!) She is now back at our Centre, under close observation.

May 2019

Bowser is unable to dive below the water surface, so once she is fully recovered we will release her back into the wild. She really enjoys her crab snacks!

November 2019

Bowser rescue sea turtle Marine Savers Maldives (3) [960px]

May 2020

Bowser continues to be very picky at meal times, and will only eat crabs or lobster. We are continuing her regular ocean swims to improve her swimming skills and encourage her to dive below the water surface.


Bowser started eating fish this month. She is more active in the pool and is sitting lower in the water (signs that her turtle buoyancy syndrome might be improving).

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