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Meet Discovery, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Found Floating

Discovery 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

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.