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 had 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, for Leila by Paul, by Sofie, for Nikoleta by Laura, by Fiona Whitelaw, for Ellis by Scott Lea, by Emily C Fensome, Elsie Gabriel and by Penny Scudamore.
Artemis arrived missing a front flipper and with the other front flipper not working very well. We X-rayed Artemis and found a badly broken bone in his remaining front flipper. This wound was old and it would be unlikely that we could heal these bones. However, we performed several surgeries the the hope that he would regain some function once the infection in his flipper improved.
Artemis stared doing better and turned out to be a very special patient. He is unique and odd in all ways and a true character. Some days he will be buoyant and struggles to dive, other days he is happily on the bottom. For a while, his appetite fluctuated and some days he would spit his food out.
After his most recent surgery, Artemis started using his front flipper more and become more confident with his swimming. He is began to dive after fish, and he was quite happy living with his tank mate Eve.
20 July 2019
Artemis finally managed to do a dive after 5 months at the Rescue Centre! He seemed pretty pleased with himself. Always such a cutie, he is now in a small pool and he often hangs out near the glass so he can spy on us. He had an x-ray (he’s so small he fits on one plate) and he had some gas in his gastrointestinal tract. We tried to worm him, but the taste of the tablets was not nice, so he spat them out. We are currently coming up with a plan B to get him to swallow his tablets!
To encourage him to dive, Artemis has been having some ocean swims. He enjoys the big space, but stays very close to us as he knows his swimming ability is not the best. He is eating and growing well and continues to make everyone smile.
27 July 2019
This week Artemis has been trying to dive. He has a big heart and he won’t give up. One day he will manage to get to the bottom!
3 August 2019
Artemis has been out for more ocean swims this week. He likes trying to chase the fish. There are many guests that love him and come to watch him swim in the sea. Always a happy go lucky little guy.
10 August 2019
Artemis is still a cutie. He has taken a few ocean swims this week and he now has a small pool all to himself. He is a quirky little guy with his own unusual swimming style. However, he swims quite normally when food is involved. He is still buoyant.
17 August 2019
Still a happy go lucky fella, Artemis uses his quirky swimming style and has regular ocean swims. His appetite is good, and, although he is growing in size, he is still our smallest patient.
26 August 2019
Artemis had a sore left eye this week. His eye was closed one morning and he wasn’t interested in food – which is quite unlike him. After some pain relief, he was back to his old self. He is currently on eye drops for this issue.
2 September 2019
Artemis is back to his usual self this week. He has had a rest from ocean swims but will most likely have a swim this week. He is enjoying having one of the small tanks all to himself.
11 September 2019
Artemis is being spoiled by the volunteers this week. He is incredibly cheeky and makes everyone laugh. Still no luck with his diving, but he keeps practicing.
23 September 2019
Artemis is hilarious as usual. He has enjoyed his enrichment this week; the ball initially angered him as it invaded his personal space, then it frightened him when he bit it and it moved, and then he spent the rest of the day pushing it around. The little guy was happy he could push something around that was bigger than him!
1 October 2019
Artemis is still trying to dive, but not very successfully. He is a tough cookie and will never give up. A lot of the guests gravitated towards him this week and he has stolen many hearts.
7 October 2019
Arti has had a feeding platform installed in his tank. This allows him to make an attempt to dive to pick his food up off the platform. He was initially scared of the change but is now using the platform quite happily.
14 October 2019
Arti is still using his feeding platform well and being his usual quirky self. We also gave him a black PVC pipe which has become a favourite toy. He likes to fall asleep with his head in the pipe.
21 October 2019
Arti is well and eating and playing like a champ. He likes watching the guests out of his window. He cruises around his tank, but unfortunately there is still no improvement with his buoyancy syndrome.
28 October 2019
Arti is his cheeky old self this week; he has been playing with his ball and checking out the new guests. He will go on a sea swim in the coming week.
4 November 2019
This week, Arti went for a sea swim in the ocean! He had a great time in the calm conditions. We will aim to take him out once a week.