RaaniRescue Turtle

adult female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.XXX), admitted 21 December 2023, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives

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

Raani (adult female Olive Ridley) – found floating, entangled in a ghost net on 21 December, close to Anantara Dhigu Resort (Kaafu Atoll).

Upon admittance to our turtle rescue centre, she was found to be active, skinny, mildly dehydrated, and with a spontaneous amputation of the right flipper (from net entanglement). We administered systemic antibiotics and wound treatment. So far, Raani is doing well, able to dive and rest on the bottom of the tank, but she has no appetite. As soon as her condition is stable and she has settled in, the remaining front limb will need to be amputated.

RAANI rescue Olive Ridley turtle Maldives
RAANI rescue Olive Ridley turtle Maldives

January 2024 Updates

Raani arrived with her front right flipper extremely necrosed, and it had to be amputated at the beginning of January. She has made remarkable improvement since then, being able to dive, rest on the bottom of the tank, and consume plenty calamari every day. Her blood work is also looking quite good.

Raani has recently been moved to a larger tank to encourage swimming and build up strength. Once her wound is completely healed and she is a stronger swimmer, she can be released back into the ocean.