juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.213), admitted 8 May 2020, Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 11.0kg / 42.5cm (on admission);
Shakti, a juvenile Olive Ridley turtle, was found entangled in a ghost net (discarded fishing gear) by staff at Soneva Jani (Noonu Atoll). She was badly injured and unable to dive, so she was transferred to Landaa Giraavaru to get medical attention.
Shakti was found to be very dehydrated, and had deep lacerations around all her flippers and plastron. She also had a severe infection on the tip of her right front flipper. Despite all this, she was very energetic and eager to dive.
Shakti received a fresh water bath immediately on arrival, and was then administered fluids to correct her hydration status and antibiotics to fight the infection. Once stabilised, she underwent surgery to remove the infected bone tissue on her right flipper. She’s recovering nicely and is already eating and attempting to dive.