Frisbee Rescue Turtle

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.

Below: note Frisbee’s long tail protruding from the carapace, indicative of adult males.

Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)
Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)
Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)

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!

Updates April

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 rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)

 
Updates May

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!

Frisbee rescue turtle Marine Savers Maldives
Frisbee rescue turtle Marine Savers Maldives
Frisbee rescue Olive Ridley turtle Marine Savers Maldives (2)

 

August

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.

September

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.

January 2020

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.

May Updates

Frisbee’s health has improved and he has a good appetite, but he continues to suffer from turtle buoyancy syndrome.

June Updates

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.

July Updates

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 & Taco Olive Ridley rescue turtle Maldives pool
Frisbee Olive Ridley rescue turtle Maldives
Frisbee Olive Ridley rescue turtle Maldives care day

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