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Meet Discovery, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Found Floating

Discovery, a juvenile olive ridley, was found floating and missing a flipper near One & Only Reethi Rah in North Male.

Intake Date: 7th February 2020
Length: 43.3 cm
Weight: 8.6 kg
Status: Current Patient

Discovery has been adopted by Angela, Stėphane Grosjean, for Lakshya by Tanya Desai, for Tanya by Lakshya, by Stefan, for Maddy by Alex Sharp, by Alexandra, Tara, for Poppy by Melanie, by Nadine Kohlhepp, Rhonda, Ryan Matesevac, Laken Messer, Alison Lauderback, Darren Agcaoili, for Cherie by Miranda and for Lars by Ann-Kristin Deutsch.

Just as our team at One & Only Reethi Rah had released Reethi, Discovery was located at one of the neighboring islands and brought to our Sea Turtle Biologist. Discovery has lost her left flipper due to ghost net entanglement and is also buoyant.

She spent a few days at One & Only Reethi Rah before being sent to Dr. Jackie at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre to be checked over. 

10 February 2020
We took Xrays were of Discovery once she arrived at the Rescue Centre and found that she has a pneumocoelom (air in the body) from a lung tear. Some air and fluid was removed from her body cavity. She still floats and this will take some time to resolve. Her flipper injury has healed over quite nicely and hopefully we may not need to operate to remove the last piece of humerus bone.

25 February 2020
Disovery, popularly known as Disco, is still as buoyant as when she arrived. She is very frustrated that she cannot dive, but her appetite is great.  

2 March 2020
Discovery will be going on a sea swim in the coming week to encourage her to try and dive. She had a good appetite and is quite a character.

26 March 2020
Discovery is very curious, often watching out of the window. She is regularly trying to dive and gets very frustrated that she can’t go very deep. We have seen slight improvements in her diving ability when feeding and she seems to sit a little lower in the water, but still can’t reach the bottom of the small tank. She currently has a couple of lesions on the back of her neck from where she is pushing her head up to the glass and making her neck rub on her carapace. Disco will be moved to a bigger tank as of Sunday to give her some more space to swim and practice diving.

6 April 2020
Discovery has been moved to a larger tank and seems much more relaxed with that extra space. She is continuing to practice her diving but buoyancy improvements will likely take time.

13 April 2020
Discovery has been refusing food for the last few days but fortunately turtles can go quite a few days without eating. We managed to get her some crab and she loved it! Unfortunately she’s still refusing fish but we are being patient. Hopefully she will be back to normal soon.

19 April 2020
Discovery has lost quite a bit of weight over the last week, but fortunately she has started eating again. We have been giving her fluids to help her cope with the weight loss and we have also started her on another course of antibiotics.

26 April 2020
Discovery’s appetite has got much better and she has put on a healthy amount of weight. We are really pleased with her progress this week.

3 May 2020
Disco is eating well still and practicing her diving. She loves pushing around her ball in the big tank!

10 May 2020
Disco is doing well. She will be going on her first sea swim this week, which is exciting!

26 May 2020
Diso loved her first sea swim! She started by trying to dive, eventually became more relaxed, and even started watching the fish and baby sharks. She has overcome her recent setback where she was refusing to eat. She is now back to a healthy weight and is sitting a little lower in the water. 

24 June 2020
Discovery hasn’t made much progress recently with regards to her buoyancy issues, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to dive – she is very determined!

23 July 2020
Disco is still suffering with her buoyancy issues. We are taking her on regular sea swims to try help her overcome this, but we have seen little improvements so far. She is a very energetic turtle though – always trying to dive and improve her swimming – so we have high hopes for her. Fortunately. her appetite has increased drastically so we are able to use food to tempt her to dive!

25 September 2020
Disco’s buoyancy issues are still ongoing, and she is noticeably more raised in the water on her left hand side, meaning that the air distribution is asymmetrical. Dr. Minnie was able to give her a thorough examination and perform some repeat x-rays to see where this gas was.

She has signs of gas in her body cavity as before, but also signs of gas in her intestines as well. This hasn’t been a feature before, so she is scheduled for an ultrasound which will allow us to see her gastrointestinal tract better than on x-rays. Unfortunately, when you x-ray a turtle, a lot of their organs are obscured by their bony shells! At the same time, she will have a small procedure to remove some of the air that is in her body cavity with the hopes that this will improve her buoyancy.