Meet Orla, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Rescued From A Ghost Net In Noonu Atoll

Orla is a juvenile olive ridley turtle who was rescued from a ghost net along with a green turtle by Soneva Jani in Noonu Atoll. The green turtle was uninjured and released immediatley. Orla, however, had several injuries from the entanglement to her front flippers and was transferred to the ORP Marine Turtle Rescue Centre for veterinarian care.

Intake Date: 18th October 2019
Length: 47.3 cm
Weight: 8.8 kg
Status: Current Patient

Orla has been adopted by Rebecca Staufenbiel and for Yee by Ceylan Senturk

The ghost net cut through the muscles of both of Orla’s front flippers. She also has injuries to her shell and back right flipper where the net has rubbed. Vet Jackie started Orla on antibiotics for the infections and gave her pain relief. Once Orla has stabilized, she will have surgery to remove the dead tissue and Vet Jackie will try to repair some of the muscle damage.

Although Orla was dehydrated and a bit skinny when she was rescued, she is bright and has a lot of fight in her. We hope she will make a full recovery.

28 October 2019
Orla has been well this week. All of her stitches are still in place. She is eating and playing with her ball and has settled in well. We are hoping for an uneventful recovery for her.

4 November 2019
Orla is diving! We moved her to the big tank which has helped with her diving. Some of her suture site has broken down but with regular cleaning and debridement, it should heal well. She has a swollen knee this week, and we suspect an osteomyelitis lesion is forming, so she has been started on a new antibiotic.