ThianduRescue Turtle

juvenile Olive Ridley turtle (RB.LO.XXX), admitted 19 January 2024, Malé Atoll, Maldives

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

Thiandu is a juvenile found on 19 January, entangled in a ghost net right here in Kuda Huraa. Special thanks to Herath, our colleague from security, for spotting the net and raising the alarm.

On admission to our Turtle Rescue Centre, we can see that her left flipper presents a ligature wound, ruptured joint and considerable tissue loss. He was lethargic and extremely dehydrated. The front flipper had considerable tissue loss, a ligature wound, and necrosis, making an amputation necessary. The scales on his left profile were also damaged due to the abrasion of the net material.

Since the successful surgery, the turtle has been receiving treatments with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins, and a few days of laxatives due to the presence of plastic debris in his stool. Thiandu has shown slow improvement, eating a little bit more every day, resting on the bottom at times, and swimming every once in a while.

THIANDU stranded Olive Ridley turtle Maldives