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Meet Isla, Found Entangled in a Ghost Net in Baa Atoll

Isla is a subadult Olive ridley turtle who was found by the Coco Palm boat crew. She was entangled in a small ghost net in the ocean canal between Hithadhoo Island and Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlu.

Intake Date: 6th July 2018
Length: 57 cm
Weight: 16 kg
Status: Transferred to Atoll Marine Centre 24th January 2019
Isla has been adopted for Tasha by Abbie and by Juliana Zehethofer

Isla had suffered deep wounds from the ghost net. Both of her left flippers, front and back, had severed muscles and a broken bone in each flipper.

Sadly, both of her left flippers needed amputation. She also received antibiotics and pain medication.The wounds on her shell from a boat propeller are now looking great and have almost completely healed.

Isla dived for fish for the first time about a month after her surgery. However, after she has not been able to dive down again. She does seem lower in the water, though. She had an X-ray and ultrasound and appears to have and area of diseased lung on her left side. It’s a possible cause of why she continues to struggle with her buoyancy.

Due to her disability we are considering to try to find her a forever home. For the time being she has been transferred to Atoll Marine Centre as she no longer requires veterinarian care.