female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.211), admitted 13 April 2020, Maamunagau, Raa Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 12.5 kg / 47.5 cm (on admission);
This female Olive Ridley turtle was found floating on the ocean surface close to Maamunagau Resort, Raa Atoll.
Nilukshi was admitted to our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre with symptoms of mild dehydration and abrasions on the carapace. Sadly, she’s missing her left front flipper from an old injury (probably from net entanglement) and suffers from turtle buoyancy syndrome (unable to dive below the water surface).
Nilukshi was cleaned, treated with fluids and given a freshwater bath for rehydration. She is being prescribed a course of antibiotics, to treat the probable lung infection that is causing her to be buoyant.
Nilukshi finished her antibiotic treatment this month and her wounds are healing nicely, but her buoyancy syndrome persists and she is unable to dive below the water surface (and so is not yet fit for release).