Meet Harry, an Adult Male Hawksbill Found Floating

Harry was found floating amongst a big pile of rubbish at a resort in the Alif Alif Atoll. He didn’t appear to have any external wounds, but he was floating with his back end up, very lethargic and didn’t have the strength to swim.

Intake Date: 20 December 2020
Length: 69.6 cm
Weight: 26.8 kg
Status: Current Patient

Harry has been adopted for Harry by Carol Austen, for Kate by Snack Squad, for Serena by Craig, by Ida Mazza, Quoc Tu, for Ana by Michael, by Hara, Frank Schneidler, Holly Messick and by Chantal Baker.

Harry undertook a long journey to get to us at the Rescue Centre, involving 2 speedboats and a supply boat over 48hrs due to bad weather. He finally made it on the 20th of December. He will be undergoing a variety of tests to determine the cause of his unusual presentation. He is truly very special, being an adult male of a critically endangered species!

28 December 2020
Harry is still very unwell. He has been having daily fluid therapy to support him while he isn’t eating. He has also had a lot of x-rays, as well as something called a contrast study, where he was tube fed liquid that shows up on x-ray, so we can try and track if he has a blockage. He has remained in a critical condition, mainly floating in his tank without the energy to move. The gas in his intestines is moving through, but he seems disproportionately sick. Anaesthetic at this stage would be very risky, so we are attempting to medically manage him and avoid exploratory surgery at this stage.

11 January 2021
Harry has been showing very small signs of improvement, but it is still quite touch and go. He won’t eat on his own yet and he spends a lot of the day very lethargic, but with increasing bouts of activity compared to before. He has been having repeated X-rays every 48hrs to assess the gas and contrast medium movement through his guts. Things do appear to be moving around, but it is quite slow. We continue to support him with fluids, pain relief and antibiotics, while intermittently popping pieces of squid in his mouth to encourage his appetite, but we aren’t expecting any miracles yet.

17 January 2021
Harry is still critical; he has shown small improvements in his demeanor but will still not eat. He is scheduled for surgery this week to insert a feeding tube and investigate what is going on with his gastrointestinal system, as we are concerned that after 4 weeks of minimal improvement, we have a blockage that won’t move with medical therapy alone. 

24 January 2021
Harry has had two surgical procedures, one to investigate his abnormal digestive system, and another to insert a feeding tube through his oesophagus and down into his stomach. The first procedure didn’t reveal any blockages as far as we were able to examine, which was great news. We are now feeding him blended fish via his tube twice a day and he does seem marginally brighter – but it is very early days. We will continue supportive care rather than targeted therapy, as the cause of his issues are still unclear. We are lucky to have the person who first found Harry, returning as a volunteer on the 31st of January!