Susy Rescue Turtle

juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.105), admitted 03-Mar-17, Noonu Atoll, Maldives


Length: 56.2cm (on admission);
Weight: 22.2kg (on admission);

This turtle was found floating on 2 March 2017, entangled in a fishing net along with FIVE other turtles (four Olive Ridleys and one juvenile Hawksbill).

This group of animals were incredible lucky to have been found when they were. Thanks to the staff at Dhigufaru Resort (Noonu Atoll) these turtles were freed from the mass of ghost netting and marine debris that was wound tightly around them. It is very hard to determine how long they had been floating, however most of the rescued individuals had suffered major wounds and were in desperate need of medical attention.

Due to the severity of the injuries and overall body condition of the turtles, none of the individuals were able to be released on site. Whilst transport to our facility was organized they were held overnight on a local island, unfortunately the largest Olive Ridley succumbed to his wounds during this first 24 hours of recovery.

Susy (along with Julie, Bones, Max and Poppy) successfully made it to our centre at Kuda Huraa, where they are now receiving treatment. Susy had suffered multiple injuries as a result of her entanglement, most noticeably on her front flippers. We hope over time these wounds will heal and she will be able to return to the ocean.

7 March 2017
The Marine Aavers team at Kuda Huraa joined forces with Claire (veterinarian working for the Olive Ridley Project), to help our rescue turtles Julie and Susy, who were both in need of surgery.
The adult female turtles were carefully taped and wrapped to ensure they did not do any damage to themselves during their journey. Once the precious cargo was secured, they were ready for the seaplane journey to Coco Palm Dhuni Kholu (Baa Atoll).
Susy is still fighting, but she will require a full front right flipper amputation and a partial amputation of her left flipper due to the extensive damage caused by the ghost net.
She is now enjoying exploring her large new pool and all the delicious dinners being offered!

Susy - Olive Ridley Turtles rescued from ghost nets, Marine Savers Maldives
5 turtles rescued - Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Turtles rescued from ghost nets, Marine Savers Maldives

Susy and Julie being carefully ‘packaged’ before the journey via sea plane and speed launch to their new home.

MDC team with ORP vet Claire - Olive Ridley turtles rescued from ghost nets, Marine Savers Maldives

Seamarc’s Marine Savers team pose with Claire from the Olive Ridley Project (Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, Maldives)