Olive Ridley Turtle Hatchling (rare), nest #N001, admitted 07 February 2019, Joali resort, Raa Atoll, Maldives
Weight/Length: 16g/4.1cm (on admission);
A very rare hatchling at our Centre, ‘Lucky’ is an Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), found with a sibling at Joali resort (Raa Atoll).
‘Lucky’ (LO.001) was admitted on 7 February – our very first Olive Ridley turtle hatchling. Although large Olive Ridleys are an all too common sight, entangled and floating in drifting ghost nets, they are rarely seen nesting in the Maldives.
Lucky presents deformations to the plastron (shell) and front left flipper, but we don’t know if his internal organs are affected. He is currently in quarantine and under close observation.
4 May 2019
Sadly, Lucky was found unresponsive in his pool this morning 🙁 .