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Turtle Patient 140: Amber, Juvenile Olive Ridley

Turtle patient Amber being placed in the tank by volunteer Jade. Image.
Turtle patient Amber and volunteer Jade.

Amber was found floating in South Ari Atoll, already missing her left forelimb.

Intake Date: 2 March 2021
Patient Number: 140
Rescue Location: South Ari Atoll
Reason: Found floating, missing flipper
Transport Method: Seaplane
Status: Current patient

Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Sex: Unknown
Age: Juvenile
Length: 45 cm
Weight: 8.55 kg

Amber has kindly been adopted by Eva Kormošová, for Angela by Megan, and by Eva Rose Segura.

Amber was named by our volunteer, Jade, who picked the name because Amber is a healing stone and this little turtle needs some good vibes! On her x-rays, she has a small amount of trapped air, but otherwise seems quite well in herself, if quite skinny and undernourished. We will feed her up and monitor for any change in buoyancy. Thankfully she is eating very well.

15 March 2021
Amber started off the week well, then had a bit of a downturn in the middle where she wouldn’t eat. It seems she was stressed out by sharing a tank, so we moved her on her own. She now seems happier and is eating more consistently. We continue to monitor her diving progress.

22 March 2021
Little Amber is looking really well now; she is eating more consistently and seems much more active in her tank. Her buoyancy hasn’t changed substantially yet, but we are keeping an eye and are hoping to see some improvement soon!

29 March 2021
Amber is a bright little turtle now, quite active and attempting to dive. She is still struggling with her buoyancy, but we are hopeful it will improve within a few months. We are still early days.

4 April 2021
Unfortunately, Amber has had a bad week. She is very bright and active in herself but her buoyancy has actually worsened and she now sits higher in the water and lopsided. We have elected to anaesthetise her next week and remove some air from her while she is asleep, to see if we can help control the worsening of her condition.