Turtle Patient 149: Jannicke, Adult Female Olive Ridley
Jannicke was found entangled in a ghost net, along with an adult male olive ridley turtle called Kokko, near Thulhadoo in Baa Atoll by the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu boat crew.
Intake Date: 31 May 2021
Patient Number: 149
Rescue Location: Baa Atoll
Reason: Found entangled
Transport Method: Speedboat
Status: Current patient
Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Length: 66.5 cm
Weight: 30.85 kg
Jannicke has kindly been adopted by Nathalie Popovic.
Jannicke is a large adult female olive ridley who was found entangled with a large male called Kokko. Kokko weighed in at 42 kg but thankfully wasn’t very entangled or injured, so we were able to release him the following day. Jannicke, unfortunately, was more injured and remains at the Rescue Centre. She has severe ghost net entanglement wounds to her right front and back flipper. The right front looks unsalvageable at this stage, but we will hopefully be able to save the back right flipper. She needs at least some of her back right flipper to maneuver around.
Jannicke can dive, but she isn’t able to at the moment with her flippers in this state. She has had one surgery to remove damaged tissue but didn’t stay very sleepy, so she will be having a follow up surgery to amputate in the near future.
13 June 2021
Jannicke has had a tough week. She had surgery on 10th of June which went well but was difficult, and she lost quite a lot of blood due to the severely altered anatomy of the area. We were also able to diagnose pneumonia via x-rays and samples of mucus from her windpipe. She took a while to recover due to needing high doses of anaesthetic, but as the week went on, she slowly and steadily got more alert and active. At the moment she is buoyant, but we expect that to improve with time as she gets over her lung infection.
20 June 2021
Jannicke is a lovely yet challenging patient! She has a big food aversion and hates us putting anything near her face, so it has been a big challenge to get her to eat. We have taken her out of her tank every day since she arrived for fluids and for bandage changes, but Dr Minnie decided to give her a few days break to see if the stress reduction would encourage her to eat — and it sort of worked! She at least opened her mouth to try which was great!
We will be trying with some more crabs, and also reducing the frequency of her treatments, in the hope that we can manage her stress sufficiently to encourage appetite. Her surgical wound is healing well and her back right foot, although very damaged, does show signs of improvement. She isn’t diving yet but we know she has the ability to do it, so hopefully she will start to give it a go soon!