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Turtle Patient 143: Thari, Juvenile Olive Ridley

Turtle patient Thari in the rescue centre tank. Image.
Turtle patient Thari

Thari was found floating, already missing her front left flipper, near One & Only Reethi Rah in North Malé Atoll.

Intake Date: 4 March 2021
Patient Number: 143
Rescue Location: North Malé Atoll
Reason: Found floating, missing flipper
Transport Method: Seaplane
Status: Current patient

Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Sex: Unknown
Age: Juvenile
Length: 55.3 cm
Weight: 14.6 kg

Thari has kindly been adopted by Eva Kormošová, by Maureen, by Anina & Philipp, and by Estrella González Tàpias.

Thari has some historic damage to her carapace, and in areas it is soft and quite abnormal. She is quite buoyant because of these injuries. Not only has ghost gear claimed her from left flipper, but she also has signs of ligature marks around her neck, so she’s lucky she wasn’t strangled. Thari is eating well which is encouraging, but it remains to be seen if her buoyancy issues will resolve. 

15 March 2021
Thari is quite the feisty soul! She is super keen on food – which is great to see. She tries hard to dive and we continue to monitor her progress, but it will take some time due to the wounds she has sustained.

22 March 2021
Thari is such a bright little spark! She eats voraciously and is always trying to dive – unfortunately she is still struggling to do so, but we will keep an eye on her.

29 March 2021
Thari is food obsessed and doing really well! She is bright and active, but still struggling to dive – which we unfortunately suspect will be ongoing. Hopefully, if we can fundraise for our new endoscope, we can go inside and have a direct look at what the trauma is and whether we can help her overcome it. 

4 April 2021
Thari is fast becoming a Rescue Centre favourite; she is unendingly feisty and active! She has been trying to dive this week, and on Friday made quite a good go of it, but unfortunately she is still fighting against a damaged lung, so it remains to be seen whether she can overcome that.