OekaashiRescue Turtle

adult female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.xxx), admitted XX March 2024, Shaviyani Atoll, Maldives

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

Oekaashi is an adult female Olive Ridley turtle found floating by the biologist based at Fairmont Resort (Shaviyani Atoll).

Oekaashi appears to have suffered severe blunt-force trauma to the front of her carapace, resulting in a large crack we believe to be responsible for her buoyancy syndrome. She also has numerous sets of scratches across her carapace, consistent with a predation attempt most likely from a large shark. In the upcoming weeks, we plan to transport Oekaashi to a nearby facility for X-rays to help with diagnosis and treatment.

OEKAASHI injured turtle rehab Maldives
OEKAASHI injured turtle rehab Maldives

April Updates

Oekaashi has maintained a very healthy appetite, and is a very active swimmer, interacting with all enrichment devices in her tank. The cranial crack in her carapace has shown slow progress, but appears to have begun healing, slowly especially distally from the neck. The scratches to the remainder of her carapace remain broadly unchanged, but there has been some growth of soft tissue over previously exposed bone. Oekaashi remains highly positively buoyant, with 75% of her carapace above water at all times.

OEKAASHI turtle carapace injury healing (March-April)

Turtle carapace injury: healing from March-April