Meet Giuliana, A Subadult Olive Ridley Ghost Net Victim
Giulinana was found by Prodivert Maldives staff on the north side of Kuredu in Lhaviyani Atoll.
Intake Date: 4th March 2019
Length: 56 cm
Weight: 19.45 kg
Status: Released 24th March 2019
Giuliana was found with a deep cut from ghost net entanglement in her front flipper – with some of the net was still embedded in the wound. Since she was still bleeding, we decided to leave the net attached, hoping that the pressure would hold in further bleeding.
After a short layover at Atoll Marine Centre, Giuliana was transferred to the ORP Rescue Centre in Baa Atoll where out vet sadly had to amputate her flipper. She was a strong a resilient turtle with no signs of buoyancy syndrome and she recovered quickly from surgery. She was released as soon as her stitches were out.