Thari#2Rescue Turtle

Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.xxx), admitted 28 January 2024, Vaavu Atoll, Maldives

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

Thari was found with her front left flipper entangled in a ghost net near Alimatha (Vaavu Atoll) so she was transferred to our Kuda Huraa turtle rescue centre by seaplane.

On arrival, she required an emergency amputation. She has buoyancy alterations but is still trying to dive, is active, and showing an increasing interest in food.

Thari rescue turtle Maldives

February Updates

Thari has shown quite the appetite, especially when it comes to calamari. Her buoyancy did not improve, so we have started external target weight therapy. A few days after the dive weights were attached, her food started being offered using a buoy just below the surface, encouraging her to dive. She is still getting used to this new feeding method. Enrichment tools are also being used to stimulate her to swim more in the tank.

March

The external target weight therapy has helped Thari with her buoyancy disorder. She has been seen a few times sleeping almost completely submerged, with the exception of her head. Thari has been more active in the tank with daily diving exercises, and her wound is healing well.

THARI turtle rescue & rehab Maldives
THARI turtle rehabilitation Maldives