Meet Bintang, an Injured Star

Bintang is a young (sub-adult) Olive Ridley turtle who was found entangled in a ghost net near a reef of Mendhoo Island in Baa Atoll.

Intake Date: 17th March 2018
Length: 53 cm
Weight: 14 kg
Status: Current Patient


Bintang had suffered a right front flipper partial self-amputation which exposed her bone. In addition, she had a finger bone injury on her left flipper and several deep wounds, right down to the bone on her head and shell.

Unfortunately, we had to amputate her remaining flipper bone in the shoulder joint due to the severity of her injuries . Post surgery she received antibiotics and pain medication and her wounds were treated with antibiotic cream.

Bintang has a good appetite. Her shell is slowly healing, and healthy tissue has begun to appear beneath the infected layer. She completed a course of antibiotics, but we are still treating her skin and shell wounds.

Bintang means “star” in Indonesian.  We hope she will get better soon and shine again like a star!