Turtle Patient 204: Hawwa, Juvenile Olive Ridley

Turtle patient Hawwa in the tank at the rescue centre with shell covered in algae. Image.

Hawwa was found entangled in a ghost net by the staff from our partner resort One&Only Reethi Rah in North Malé Atoll.

The Vitals

Intake Date: 30 January 2023
Patient Number: 204
Rescue Location: North Malé Atoll
Reason: Found entangled
Transport Method: Seaplane & Speedboat
Status: Current patient

Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Sex: Unknown
Age: Juvenile
Length: 55.5 cm
Weight: 13.9 kg

The Adoptive Parents

Hawwa has kindly been adopted for Karoline & Leon by Daniel Lefrancois, by Creig Duncan, for Hazel by Shannon Westgate, by Cameron, for Iida by Inka, and Schnatti by Andre, for Jenna & Kyle by Khang Lam, by Lisanne Dunkel, for Jana by Tim, for Alexander by Ana, for Teta by Amanda, or Jennifer by Axel, for Andeas by Timo Weihard, and by Luca Wilp.

Hawwa’s Story

Hawwa, the Dhivehi name for “Eve, has ligature injuries on three of her flippers. Luckily, all are functioning well and the injuries have started to heal. Unfortunately, she is unable to dive due to gas accumulation in her gastrointestinal tract. We will treat her with regular wound care and medical therapy. We will also be encouraging her to relearn to dive while she is in our care.
She is interested in food but hasn’t yet started to eat completely on her own.

12 February 2023
Hawwa is receiving therapy to help her gut motility and pain relief. She just recently started eating on her own and becoming more active. We are hoping to be able to take her out on sea swims as soon as she is feeling less stressed and more at ease at the Rescue Centre.

12 March 2023
Our sweet girl Hawwa has been improving substantially over the past month. She has a great appetite, is much calmer and has started diving much more consistently. She now eats off the bottom of her tank and likes to swim low, exploring her enclosure. She is completely off medication; her blood work is normalizing, and her X-rays are clear. Hopefully soon enough Hawwa will start sleeping on the bottom and get ready to be released!

23 March 2023
Hawwa has been consistently swimming on the bottom of her tank and although she is still not able to fully rest on the bottom by herself, she has been finding clever ways to stay under. Every morning over this past week she has been wedging herself under the environmental enrichment devices we have placed in her tank, and this way she is able to sleep on the bottom without effort.

Adopt Hawwa

We ask for a minimum one time gift donation of £50 to adopt a turtle patient. You can also choose to make a monthly donation.

Once we receive confirmation of the donation and your adoption form (please make sure the names on the donation and adoption forms match), we will issue the adoption certificate with details about the turtle patient to you or the gift recipient. Please allow 7 days for the issuing of the certificate.