female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.210), admitted 8 April 2020, Paradise Resort, N.Malé Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 5.85kg / 38.7cm (on admission);
Sazna was found by staff at Paradise Island Resort (North Malé Atoll), floating and unable to dive below the water surface.
On arrival at our turtle rescue Centre on 8 April, she presented a prolapsed cloaca and buoyancy syndrome.
Sazna is currently receiving treatments and is under close observation.
Updates May 2020
Sazna had been refusing food, but she started eating at the beginning of May (although she’s not a fan of fresh tuna!)
We performed a routine procedure to remove some of the air trapped in her body cavity, and we are closely monitoring her health and behaviour to see if her turtle buoyancy syndrome improves (she is unable to dive below the water surface).