adult male Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.139), admitted 10 August 2018, North Malé Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 20.5kg / 56.7cm (upon admission); 20.5kg / 56.7cm (Sept-18); 23.6kg / 57.3 cm (Mar-19);
Frisbee was found floating in open waters in North Malé Atoll, and brought to us with his 2 front flippers missing (presumably after prolonged entanglement with a drifting ghost net).
Frisbee enjoys eating crabs, but suffers from buoyancy syndrome, being unable to dive down and rest at the bottom of the pool (which he shares with Albert). Sadly, it is unlikely that he would ever be able to survive out in the wild.
Note: Frisbee’s long tail protruding from the carapace, indicative of adult males.
Updates November 2018
Frisbee was transferred from our Kuda Huraa centre to Landaa Giraavaru, where he quickly settled in. He is active and eating well.
Updates March 2019
Since being admitted to the centre, Frisbee has settled in well. He has a healthy appetite and is very active. As the water conditions are calm, he is currently in our sea enclosure where he has a lot of space to swim. He is very good at navigating around the enclosure just using his remaining two rear flippers!
Frisbee is now in a recovery pool back at our turtle rescue Centre. He has settled in well, and is currently sharing his tank with Chomper to see if they could potentially live in an aquarium together, and they are getting along very well. Due to their injuries, Frisbee and Chomper will never be to survive back in the wild.
Frisbee is doing very well. He and Chomper are still enjoying each other’s company in their shared tank. Due to calm water conditions, we were able to take Frisbee out for a swim in the ocean this month, which he loved!
The Amikacin course given to Frisbee to heal his ear infection showed no improvements, so he was started on a 2ml course of Ceftriaxone antibiotic for 20 days. No improvements or reduction in swelling has been seen so far.
Frisbee finished his course of Ceftriaxone antibiotic on 5 September. There has been a reduction in swelling, but the infection still seems to be present, so we will consider putting him onto a different course of antibiotic.
As recommended by a vet, Frisbee started receiving topical treatment of Gentian Violet (antiseptic dye) for his skin infection, as betadine + colloidal silver was not working. He receives the dye every 3 days as it is water resistant and stays on for a long time. Frisbee has lost weight recently (down to 19.9 kg), so we will increase his daily food amounts.
Frisbee’s health has improved and he has a good appetite, but he continues to suffer from turtle buoyancy syndrome.
Frisbee has returned to good health, and has started to lose a little excess weight due to improvements in his diet. We have housed him with Taco again, to encourage interactions.
Frisbee continues to share a recovery pool with Taco. He showed no changes in health status this month, and has now adjusted to his new diet and shows great appetite. As environmental enrichment, he enjoyed some fish ‘ice-popsicles’ this month to keep him mentally and physically stimulated.
Frisbee interacting with ‘environmental enrichment devices’ (EEDs) or turtle toys, to stimulate curiosity and new activities, as part of our recent experimentation to refine the rehabilitation process.
Frisbee is healthy and active, but is now separated from Taco due to a biting incident.
Frisbee showed no changes in health status this month. His appetite is healthy, and he actively enjoys the different enrichment devices (“pool toys”) in his rehabilitation pool.