Meet Gioia, Our First 2018 Arrival

Gioia is a juvenile Olive Ridley turtle who was found entangled in a ghost net by our friends at Bandos Resort in North Male Atoll in January 2018.

Intake Date: January 14th 2018
Length: 47.5 cm
Weight: 8.45 kg
Status: Current patient


Check out Gioia’s story in the video below

Gioia was initially taken to Marine Savers.  She transferred to us later as they determined that she required surgery. Gioia arrived in style on a sea plane! Although we say “she”, this turtle is currently too young for us to know the gender so could be male or female.
Gioia is pronounced “Joya” and means joy in Italian; our Facebook followers named her in a naming competition!
Gioia is recovering well from her surgery to amputate her front flipper. She already has a great appetite and is showing buoyancy improvements.