Mabini Rescue Turtle

adult female Olive Ridley turtle (, admitted 23 March 2024, N.Malé Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: xx.xkg / xx.xcm (on admittance)

Mabini is an adult female Olive Ridley found entangled in ghost netting and floating on the ocean surface in North Male Atoll. A passing boat made the rescue and brought her to our Rehabilitation Centre at Kuda Huraa.

She was found to have various wounds including ligature lesions around front left flipper and head, lacerations and abrasions on both front flippers and around marginal scutes of the shell. The injury around the head is of full circumference and deep at some points.

MABINI turtle rehabilitation Maldives

March Updates

Mabini has shown difficulty with opening her mouth, but there are no signs of fractures. Hopefully the course of anti inflammatories
will help with this problem. After being moved to the big tank, the turtle has shown an amazing diving ability and is quite active.


Mabini has started to dive, and the movement range of the jaw has improved greatly, enabling her to eat well. There is substantial damage to the front flippers, but fortunately, all wound sites are healing properly. She rests in the bottom corner of the tank for large periods of time. The friction of the walls on her beak and nostril area has created abrasion wounds. A cave has been introduced to stimulate the animal to rest in other parts of the enclosure, preventing the progression of these lesions.