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

After Thiandu’s release from the net, it took 13 of our work colleagues (across 4 different departments) to help to detach and dispose of the ghost gear. Caught in the net, we also discovered two turtle humerus bones, as well as multiple buoys and plastic detritus.
Special thanks to: Herath, Ziya, Amaty, Ruby, Marta, Mauloof and Aru – for making this operation possible.

February Updates

Thiandu’s health and overall state has come a long way in February. The scales on his left profile have started to heal, and with special attention and wound care, the tympanic scales were kept healthy. With treatment he has started to eat on the bottom of the tank and has been active, swimming well with one less flipper.

March

Thiandu has been doing great, resting on the bottom of the tank, swimming and eating well. His wounds are almost completely healed and he is no longer anemic. Thiandu will soon be fit for release.

April

Thiandu has fulfilled all the requirements to be reintroduced back to the wild: resting on the bottom of the tank, swimming, eating independently, good appetite, off all medication for more than 15 days, and wounds completely healed.
We hope to release him soon.

May

Thiandu has fulfilled all the requirements to be reintroduced back into the wild, but unfortunately, with the strong winds and storms during this month, it was impossible to release him. As soon as weather conditions improve the turtle will be released.

THIANDU turtle rescue & rehab Maldives