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News From The Field – VOL IV 2022

On October 31st, we held our first multi-atoll sea turtle festival in the Maldives called ‘Vaavoshi’, meaning sea turtle in Dhivehi. The festival took place simultaneously across eight different atolls in partnership with local schools. The aim of the festival is to spread awareness about key marine habitats and ecosystems, the critical role that sea turtles play in maintaining these … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 1 | 2023

Released Kandu – Arrived 17 December 2022, Released 10 January 2022 Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s excursion guide Simaah while out on her snorkeling trip, spotted a juvenile hawksbill floating by, unable to dive. Fortunately, both the resort’s Marine Educator, Rosie, and our Veterinary Nurse, Lauren, were on hand to assist with the rescue. The turtle, named Kandu (meaning ocean in Dhivehi) was quickly … Read More

Close up of turtle patient Heidi. Image.

Heidi the flying turtle

Heidi, our most widely loved sea turtle patient, has been at the Rescue Centre since 2018, un-releasable due to one missing and one non-functional front flipper. Thanks to a concerted team effort, he was finally able to fly to his new forever home in Plymouth, where he will continue to delight people with his large personality, and also educate them about the dangers of ghost gear.

Turtle patient Gus by the window in the tank at the Rescue Centre. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 12 | 2022

Released Gus – Arrived 30 May 2022, Released 5 December 2022 Gus continued being healthy, super fiesty and was swimming really nicely! He finished his medications last month and considering his great progress, our team decided that it was time for Gus to head on home. His pre-release health checks showed no sign of infection and Gus received a shining … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 8 | 2022

Released Crwban – Arrived 8 March 2022 Crwban was continuing to swim perfectly in tanks and diving very well for his food. Over the last month, he had shown significant improvement. He was spotted at the bottom of the tank most of the time and showed good buoyancy control at different levels in the water column. Our team took Crwban … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 7 | 2022

Released Finihaka – Arrived 25 May 2022, Released 11 July 2022 Finihaka, after a quick recovery, went on to become the brightest and most active patient at the Rescue Centre. She ate well, defecated regularly, and was running a maximum daily feed intake for her body weight. Finihaka also become super friendly around visitors; she never failed to greet anyone … Read More

Turtle patient Crwban closeup. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 6 | 2022

Released Pickle – Arrived 10 December 2021, Tagged & Released 23 May 2022 Towards the end of last month, Pickle’s flippers appeared to improve. Her bloodwork and X-rays also came back clear. Based on her general good health, we decided it was time for Pickle to be released. A satellite tag, identical to that of Autumn’s, was secured on her … Read More

Turtle patient Autumn fitted with a satellite tag and ready for release. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 5 | 2022

Released Autumn, Arrived 22 February 2022, Tagged & Released 18 April 2022 Autumn had been doing very well – her wounds had healed completely, she had regained full control of her buoyancy and was diving excellently.  Once her last round of blood tests came in clear, we knew it was time for her to go home. Excitingly, we also decided … Read More

Turtl epatient Crwban in the rescue centre tank. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 4 | 2022

Released Minnie, Arrived 4 March 2022, Released 9 April 2022 Minnie, our juvenile Hawksbill patient, came to us a little underweight, covered in barnacles and with a non-healing wound, which we suspect was caused by a predator attack. Earlier last month we performed minor surgery on her to remove some of her dead tissue, after which her flipper healed very … Read More

Turtle patient Izzy with a grimpy face.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 3 | 2022

Released Atlas, Arrived 6th January, Released 24th February Atlas had been impressing us for weeks with his perfect diving and resting on the bottom, and he was also active, alert and hungry with very good body weight. Not to mention, his cheeky little turtle self had  constantly been stealing food from his big tank companions through sheer speed! After some … Read More