Meet Noel, Our Second Ever Adult Male Turtle Patient

Noel is an adult male Olive Ridley turtle who was found by our friends at Finolhu Resort in Baa Atoll in December 2017.

Intake Date: December 24th 2017
Length: 60 cm
Weight: 23.4 kg
Status: Current patient


Noel was in a sorry state when he arrived. He had severe injuries and deep wounds, and required immediate surgery. His wounds appear to have been caused by a boat strike and shark bites, possibly due to initially being entangled in a ghost net. Our Vet, Claire, amputated Noel’s (mostly missing) back flipper and stitched his neck with help from our volunteer, Arianna. Noel’s second back flipper is unfortunately too damaged a to be saved; once he is strong enough for a second surgery, this flipper will also be amputated. On Christmas Day Claire treated Noel for a blood-clotting problem, however we are pleased to say that he is getting stronger by the day.