Green turtle hatchling (CM.N024.106), 30-Apr-16, Dusit Thani, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Hatch date: 30/04/16 at Dusit Thani, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Weight / length: 19g / 4.3cm (admission); 610g / 14.7cm (Nov-16); 1538g / 20.4cm (Feb-17); 3.4kg / 27.4cm (May-17);
Flora continues to do well, enjoying her lobster dinners and play time with her pool mates. She arrived with Tony, one of our other head start hatchlings, and it is clear to see that she is the smaller of the two. Flora now measures 20cm / 1.4kg, but despite this progress she is just over a third of the weight of her sibling! She is however hitting all the developmental marks that we expect from our hatchlings, and is proving to be a calm and friendly turtle to look after.
Flora (who is a green sea turtle hatchling) and Villingili (who is a Hawksbill turtle hatchling) have formed an undeniable bond in the turtle pool, as Flora can often be found swimming underneath Villingili whilst he rests, or using his shell as the perfect pillow for naptime!
During July, a few weeks before Flora was due to be released, she suddenly stopped eating and diving. Despite our best efforts, she lost all interest in her food and failed to respond to treatment. She sadly passed away on 10 July.