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Meet Nadia

Nadia is an adult female Olive ridley sea turtle, who was found in Baa atoll.

Intake Date: 12 February 2017
Length: 59 cm
Weight: 15 kg
Status: Current patient

Nadia has been adopted by Oriana Malaika



Nadia, a ghost net victim, arrived with an injured front right flipper and severe lacerations to her neck. We tried to save her flipper, but unfortunately we had to eventually remove it.

After successfully recovering from surgery at the rescue centre, she was taken to Juvenile Naifaru for further rehabilitation on May 13 2017. Nadia suffered from buoyancy syndrome and was unable to dive.

In September 2018 she was finally spotted spending time at the bottom of the tank! She has returned to us to spend some time in our large tank to further improve her buoyancy and hopefully get her ready for release.

Since arriving Nadia has unfortunately been very buoyant; it is likely that the long boat journey here stressed her out, worsening the buoyancy. She is not managing to dive down after food at all. She also has a very swollen eye, which has been a problem over the last year. We are treating her with eye ointment, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and vitamin supplementation to try and cure this condition.