Turtle Patient 187: Basil, Sub-Adult Olive Ridley

Basil with his flipper raised in the rescue centre tank. Image.

Basil is a sub-adult olive ridley that was found in a ghost net with both front flippers entangled at Coco Bodu Hithi Resortin North Male Atoll on May 15, 2022.

The Vitals

Intake Date: 15 May 2022
Patient Number: 187
Rescue Location: North Malé Atoll
Reason: Found entangled
Transport Method: Speedboat & Seaplane
Status: Current patient

Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Sex: Unknown
Age: Sub-Adult
Length: 55.5 cm
Weight: 17 kg

The Adoptive Parents

Basil has kindly been adopted for Jenny by Ami, by Michele Mulkey, and for Basil by Siraj.

Basil’s Story

Basil arrived at the Rescue Centre on the same day he was rescued. Based on a physical examination, his wounds appears to be superficial. There are no significant findings on the X-ray of either front flipper. We will take some blood tests and run a full diagnostic. 

22 May 2022
Basil was using both of his front flippers on his first day of arrival, however, he gradually stopped using his right front flipper likely due to discomfort from swelling. We have been working on wound drainage for him on a daily basis, which has resulted in reduced swelling over time. He appeared to be using his flipper much better after each drainage session. He was otherwise eating and diving well!

29 May 2022
Basil is showing marked improvement with the use of his right front flipper and the swelling appears to have come down. He is both eating and diving well!

5 June 2022
Basil’s improvement in the use of his right front flipper is inconsistent and he has good days and bad days. We perform regular wound drainage to reduce the swelling and discomfort, especially on the days when he appears to have reduced functionality. Despite this, he continues to eat and dive well.

12 June 2022
Basil can now swim as fast as Jazeera! We can clearly see improvement in the use of his right front flipper–especially during feeding time. The swelling on his flipper has come down flipper too. We will repeat diagnostics nearer to the end of his antibiotic course to guide the next plan for him.

19 June 2022
Basil has a skin infection at his wound site, however, his blood-work did not show any significant abnormalities. We are repeating his X-rays this week to reassess his flippers. 

26 June 2022
The parasitic burden on Basil’s wounds is gone. We have made several changes in his treatment plan after detecting changes on his right front flipper during X-rays this week to ensure his comfort level.

Adopt Basil

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