female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.233), admitted 18 October 2022, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: xxkg / xxcm (on admittance);
Emma, a female Olive Ridley sea turtle, was found floating on the ocean surface, close to Athuruga Resort (South Ari Atoll) by their dive team (thanks, guys!) She was injured, and unable to dive below the water surface, so was sent via seaplane and speedboat to our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at Kuda Huraa.
Emma is missing her front right flipper (exposed wound) and suffers from lacerations to her flipper and neck, due to prolonged entanglement in drifting marine debris. Our resident veterinarian performed surgery to remove the exposed bone, and then stitched up the open wound. Other wounds were cleaned and debrided, and she was given a full health checkup.
Currently in our largest recovery pool, Emma is energetic and attempting to dive. She is only eating prawns, but we are trying other foods to increase the variety of her diet.
We are optimistic for Emma’s recovery, and hope to release her as soon as her injuries are healed and she is able to dive again!