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Meet Elba, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Who Swallowed Ghost Net

Elba is a juvenile olive ridley turtle. She came to us via Six Senses, Laamu Atoll.

Intake Date: 6th May 2019
Length: 38.5 cm
Weight: 6.1 kg
Status: Current Patient

Elba has been adopted for Robert by Verena Wiesbauer and by Stephanie Jansen.

Elba is a victim of ghost net entanglement. She had also swallowed a fishing net into her stomach and had a deep wound around her flipper. We had to surgically remove the net from her stomach after assessing her with X-ray and ultrasound exams. We then surgically repaired her flipper.

Elba is doing well. After having the ghost net removed from her stomach, she appears to be healthy and is eating well. The deep wound around her flipper was not initially healing, and we feared we would need to amputate it. However, we gave it every chance to heal before deciding on amputation and treated her with antibiotics.

After three weeks at the Rescue Centre, Elba finally started using her flipper. Antibiotic cover has been stopped as her infection has cleared.  She is having laser therapy over her flipper scar and physiotherapy daily to improve the range of motion of her flipper.

She is now getting closer to release as she is swimming very strongly.