female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.220), admitted 26 March 2021, Landaa Giraavaru, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 19.2kg / 51.7cm (on admittance);
Cancri, a juvenile female Olive Ridley sea turtle, was spotted entangled in a ghost net (discarded fishing gear) here at Landaa Giraavaru, and was luckily rescued by a resort guest.
She was admitted to our turtle rescue centre with a missing left back flipper (likely from a previous entanglement) and with a fresh, deep laceration to her front left flipper, which is very swollen due to constriction from the net.
Cancri is on a course of antibiotics to prevent infection of the wound, and will receive daily treatments. Despite the swelling, she is starting to use her flipper to propel around the pool; she’s able to dive and has a very healthy appetite, so we are hoping she’ll make a full recovery and return to the ocean where she belongs!