Turtle Patient 154: Tibby, Sub-Adult Olive Ridley
Tibby was found washed up on the shore at Mabinhura Resort in Lhaviyani Atoll entangled in a ghost net, missing a front flipper.
Intake Date: 28 July 2021
Patient Number: 154
Rescue Location: Lhaviyani Atoll
Reason: Found entangled
Transport Method: Seaplane
Status: Current patient
Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Length: 57 cm
Weight: 14.9 kg
Tibby has kindly been adopted by the Future Mr & Mrs Weber, Andrea Wippermann, Chase and Sheryl, for Connie by Nina, by Alexandra & Will Süss, Michaela & Andrew Walton, Stephanie & Johannes Schöberle, Teresa Flegel & Felix Wania, and for the Weller family by Helene.
Mabinhura Resort kindly transferred Tibby to Innahura Resort, from where TMA were able to divert a training flight too transport him directly to us at Coco Palm Dhunikolhu. We are so thankful to all the people involved in transporting these often critical patients.
Tibby was found in a pretty bad way. He is missing both her front right flipper and part of her back right flipper as a result of ghost gear entanglement. As he was entangled, stationary and vulnerable, he seems to have been attacked repeatedly by a shark, resulting in deep wounds to his carapace, plastron and also his back flippers – which have been shredded and left with bone exposure. He has distinct semicircular bite marks on the lower right of her carapace and chunks have been taken from the left side (visible in the photos above).
His prognosis is guarded, but he has thankfully started to eat a bit – which is encouraging. He will need surgery down the line but we are waiting until he is more stable.
8 August 2021
Tibby is doing really well. He had surgery to sort out some of his major wounds and recovered nicely. He has a very strong will and, although he can’t dive yet, we are hopeful he will work it out soon.
26 August 2021
Tibby is eating really well and attempting to dive for food too. He is on eye drops and wound care regularly and otherwise is doing remarkably well following his harrowing ordeal with the sharks and the net!
7 September 2021
Tibby is eating really well and has been able to dive when on a sea swim. He is now in the large tank and diving well.
12 September 2021
Even with the amount of damage caused to Tibby, he continues to improve his diving and even reached the bottom of his tank this week, stealing Amber’s food while he was down there. This is very encouraging for his journey to recovery.
20 September 2021
Tibby is eating very well and has been able to dive both when on sea swims and for food in his tank. His eye infection has cleared up well and so has the wounds on his carapace. He is still receiving regularly wound care, however, he is significantly stronger in the last month and we really are impressed by improvements.