Meet Artemis, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Missing a Flipper
Artemis is the smallest of the juvenile olive ridley turtles currently at the Rescue Centre. He was sent to us from Atoll Marine Centre where he has been in residence for a month.
Intake Date: 27th February 2019
Length: 26 cm
Weight: 1.8 kg
Status: Current Patient
Artemis has been adopted for Noelie, Andrin, Florian and Mattia by Pierino Avoledo, for Phoebe Rose by Donna Watson, by Mandy and Kevin Briggs, Marion Hasse, Claudia Ploner, Fouke Ombelet, Asia Kubeluk adn for Leila by Paul.
Artemis is missing a front flipper and the other does not work very well.
We X-rayed Artemis and found a badly broken bone in his remaining front flipper. This wound is now old and it is unlikely that we can heal these bones. However, we performed several surgeries that may help him regain some function once the infection in his flipper improves.
Artemis stared doing better and turned out to be a very special patient. He is unique and odd in all ways and some days will be buoyant and struggles to dive and other days he is happily on the bottom. For a while, his appetite fluctuated and some days he would spit his food out.
His front flipper is still not functioning normally, however, he can use it since his most recent surgery. He still needs more time before we will know if he can ever be released.
Artemis is doing well and continues to be everyone’s favourite. He is beginning to dive after fish, and he is quite happy living with his tank mate Eve. His is using his front flipper more and is becoming confident with his swimming. He is such a character.