Meet Taloola, A Female Juvenile Ghost Net Victim
Taloola came to us by sea plane from Gilli Lankanfushi Resort in Male Atoll. She is a juvenile olive female olive ridley turtle.
Intake Date: 27th March 2019
Length: 60.5 cm
Weight: 15.8 kg
Status: Released 16th June 2019
Taloola has been adopted for Hannah by Rhian
Taloola’s humeral bone was exposed and her flipper missing when she arrived at the Rescue Centre. We performed surgery to remove the rest of the bone. She recovered well and was both eating and diving.
However, we diagnosed her with a shoulder joint infection. We cultured the bacteria to ensure she received the most effective antibiotic and also flushed out the infected joint.
After that we saw good improvement and she started using her flipper normally. She remained on antibiotics for a while. Before clearing her for release, we repeated the ultrasound of her shoulder and took another sample to ensure there was no more bacteria.