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Turtle patient Zeliya in the tank at the Rescue Centre. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 5 | 2023

New Arrivals Zeliya – Arrived 22 April 2023 Zeliya is a sub-adult olive ridley that was found entangled in a ghost net by the staff of Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort, in North Malé Atoll. She had deep ligature injuries to her right front and back flippers, with bone exposed on both. There is also an extensive wound around her neck … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 4 | 2023

Released Thiki – Arrived 2 April 2023, Released 11 April 2023 Thiki, which in Dhivehi means “spots”, was found floating and unable to dive by the staff at Constance Moofushi Maldives in South Ari Atoll. Luckily, Thiki had no external injuries, and her blood work came back normal except that she was dehydrated. Her radiographs showed faecal impaction, which means she was constipated, so we … Read More

Fari being released by Intern Aasha

Turtle Patient Update Issue 3 | 2023

Released Ekaanlo – Arrived 22 January 2023, Released 19 February After three weeks at the Rescue Centre, Ekaanlo, our only hawksbill patient, was diving comfortably and eating well. Once her last health check including X-rays and blood work came in clear, she was released from the beach at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, right by our house reef. This way she … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 2 | 2023

Released Kakuni – Arrived 20 July 2022, Released 22nd January 2023 Kakuni’s diving skills had improved considerably and she was released on 22nd January. We opted for a beach release so that we could monitor her first few minutes in the water as she was a very stressed turtle when handled. However, Kakuni did great. She took a few seconds … Read More

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 2023 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 was one of our most widely loved sea turtle patients. He was admitted to the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre in 2018 with severe ghost gear entanglement injuries and was deemed un-releasable due to one missing and one non-functional front flipper. He was transferred to Plymouth, UK, to live out his days in the National Marine Aquarium.

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