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Meet Sandy, A Buoyant Juvenile Olive Ridley

Sandy was found floating near Four Seasons Kudha Hura in North Male Atoll. She was brought to us by Marine Savers. She had no apparent injuries.

Intake Date: 6th February 2020
Length: 47.9 cm
Weight: 8.6 kg
Status: Current Patient

To find out what was causing Sandy’s buoyancy we Xrayed her. She has a large pneumocoelom (air in the body) from a lung tear. 2 litres of air was removed and she is able to dive better, but is still mainly buoyant.

Sandy will require time for this lung tear to heal and the air to absorb. The cause is still unknown at this point, but trauma is usually the number one cause of these big leaks. 

She is already eating so we hope she can adjust to living in our centre while she convalesces.