Meet Amal, A Juvenile Green Ghost Net Victim
Amal is a juvenile green turtle who was rescued by Four Seasons Resort, Landaa Giraavaru, in Baa Atoll.
Intake Date: 22nd November 2019
Length: 44.5 cm
Weight: 9 kg
Status: Current Patient
Amal has been adopted by Edie Crowther
Amal was found entangled in a ghost net which had cut deeply through her front right flipper, causing a mid-shaft fracture of her humerus. She had a long surgery to try and pull the fracture ends together and stabilize the bone. Now she has a splint and a bandage to immobilize her flipper.
She is quite a character and tells us with her body language that she does not like her antibiotic injections! But they are very important to help aid her healing. She eats sea grass that we weigh down at the bottom of her tank.
2 December 2019
Amal had an x-ray this week and a bone lesion is visible. Osteomyelitis is a common problem that we encounter when turtles are injured by ghost nets. She continues on pain relief and antibiotic cover, however, she really dislikes having injections!
9 December 2019
Amal has been bright and active this week. Her surgery site has unfortunately broken down, however, she still has good blood supply to the tip of her flipper. We are going to continue to try and save the flipper at this stage. She requires another anaesthetic and assessment which will happen in the coming week.