Meet Ellie, Found With a Missing Flipper

Ellie is an adult female Olive Ridley turtle who was found with a part of her right flipper missing near Maalifushi Island in Thaa Atoll.

Intake Date: 28th March 2018
Length: 62 cm
Weight: 43 kg
Status: Current Patient


Ellie suffered a right front flipper partial self-amputation with the humeral bone exposed. We had to remove her remaining flipper bone in shoulder joint due to the severity of her injury. She is receiving antibiotic and pain medication to help her recover from the surgery.

We expect to release Ellie in a few weeks, once her surgery wounds heal. Luckily, she is both diving and eating well.