adult female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.224), admitted 17 June 2021, Reethi Beach, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 34.0kg / 65.1cm (on admittance);
Oevaali was found floating in the lagoon at Reethi Beach (Baa Atoll) entangled in a rice bag, with fishing lines and ropes around one of her flippers. Luckily, she was plucked from the ocean and brought to us by our colleagues from Manta Trust (and thanks for the photos, guys!)
Oevaali arrived at our turtle rescue centre at Landaa Giraavaru with dehydration, some lacerations and a very swollen flipper caused by the entanglement and subsequent constriction. Fortunately, most of her wounds are already healing, and overall she’s healthy and strong (and very large, at 34kg!)
At the moment, Oevaali is suffering from turtle buoyancy syndrome and is unable to dive below the water surface in her recovery pool. We hope that our rehabilitation exercise programme will help her to start diving again, for a speedy return back to the ocean.
Most of Oevaali’s wounds are already healed, and she continues to be active and energetic. However, she is still suffering from buoyancy syndrome and is not eating consistently. Thankfully, her strength is increasing, and she is slowly gaining weight.