Turtle Patient 155: Jude, Adult Female Olive Ridley
Jude was found floating on the surface by the boat crew from One & Only Reethi Rah in North Malé Atoll, missing a front flipper.
Intake Date: 30 July 2021
Patient Number: 155
Rescue Location: North Malé Atoll
Reason: Found floating
Transport Method: Speed boat
Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Length: 67 cm
Weight: 31 kg
Jude has kindly been adopted by Stephen & Jane Beswetherick.
Jude was taken straight to the Rehabilitation Centre at One & Only Reethi Rah where was accessed by the veterinary team by video chat. Despite her missing front flipper, she was deemed very healthy. Her wound has healed very well and she is very strong, weighing 31kgs. She is diving for food, but not able to rest at the bottom of her tank. We hope she only needs a week or so to regain her buoyancy control before going back to the ocean.
8 August 2021
Jude is doing very well, diving for food and being very active. Dr. Minnie has given the go ahead for her to be released this week so keep an eye on our social media for updates!
11 August 2021
Jude was released today. She took her time to get used to the sand but the moment she hit the ocean, she was off! We were very happy to see her diving straight away and made her way beyond the reef with no problems. We wish her all the luck back in the wild.