Seakid Rescue Turtle

adult female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.235), admitted 11 January 2023, N.Malé Atoll, Maldives

Weight / Length: 21.6kg / 56.4cm (on admittance);

 

Seakid was found floating on the ocean surface by the marine biologist and dive team at OBLU Helengeli (thanks, guys). On 11 January, she was brought to our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at Kuda Huraa for treatment. 

Seakid still has all four flippers intact, but the presence of lacerations indicates see she was likely entangled in a discarded fishing net. Sadly, she is the most buoyant turtle we have seen, and is almost sitting on the top of the water.

Seakid has not eaten since her arrival, but we hope she starts responding to different foods soon.

Note that although Seakid has a large tail, it’s not the usual male length, so we think she’s female.

SEAKID injured Olive Ridley sea turtle - transport box
SEAKID injured Olive Ridley sea turtle - injured flipper
SEAKID injured Olive Ridley sea turtle - underside
SEAKID injured Olive Ridley sea turtle - facial profile