Hawksbill Turtle Juveniles [#N017] admitted 16 September 2019, Kulhudhuffushi, Haa Dhaal Atoll, Maldives
EI.057 – Ali – 13g/4.0cm; 1361g/20.1cm (Dec-20);
EI.058 – Mizu – 14g/4.0cm; deceased.
These little guys were found at the harbour of the local island of Kulhudhuffushi, overtired and struggling to swim.
On arrival at our turtle rehabilitation centre, they were found to be suffering from an infection of the yolk sack. They are currently under treatment and close observation, and once they are healthy and strong we will be releasing them back into the ocean.
Updates May 2020
Ali is growing faster than his sibling Mizu. He is always looking for food and swimming around the pool, and we rarely see him napping!
Mizu is recovering from a recent facial infection and his breathing has improved.
Sadly, Mizu was found unresponsive in his pool on the morning of 25 June. He was recovering from an eye infection.
Ali is strong and healthy, and continues to grow well.
Ali is often found hiding inside his underwater box (added for environmental enrichment). He is able to rest at the bottom of the pool for prolonged periods.
When introduced to other turtles, Ali is unable to dive, potentially due to stress, and seems uninterested in feeding. Since then, we have transferred him to a pool with 4 of the hawksbill juveniles. We will continue to monitor his progress and behaviour in the new pool.
Ali had some problems this month, as he was refusing to dive after food and just rested at the surface of the pool. He was closely observed for any medical problems, but his health checks were good and his behaviour otherwise normal. By the end of the month, he started diving again and was able to rest at the bottom of the pool.
Ali continues to present with buoyancy syndrome, and spends his days resting with the enrichment devices (“pool toys”) in the pool he shares with Quasi. He is always hungry and is slowly gaining weight. We hope to send him for X-rays, to better diagnose his health condition.