female Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.216), admitted 07 January 2021, Thiladhoo, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Weight / Length: 21.0kg / 54.2cm (on admittance);
Thari, a female Olive Ridley sea turtle, was admitted to our turtle rescue centre here in the Maldives on 7 January 2021. She was found during a snorkelling excursion, close to the resort island of Nautilus Maldives (Thiladhoo) in Baa Atoll. She was floating on the ocean surface, unable to dive down beneath the waves.
On admission to our centre, Thari was presenting mild dehydration and old scars on her shell and flippers, which could indicate that she was entangled within a net from which she freed herself some time ago. She was cleaned of algae and given a fresh water bath for rehydration.
She arrived late at night during a beautiful starry night, hence her name is Thari, the Dhivehi word for ‘star’.
Thari is very energetic and is already attempting to dive; we are hoping for her to overcome her buoyancy syndrome soon so she can be released back into the ocean where she belongs.