Turtle Patient 137: Ugo, Juvenile Olive Ridley
Ugo, was found floating in the open ocean near Kudafushi Resort in Raa Atoll.
Intake Date: 23 February 2021
Patient Number: 139
Rescue Location: Raa Atoll
Reason: Found floating
Transport Method: Seaplane
Status: Deceased 26 February 2021
Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Length: 55 cm
Weight: 13.1 kg
Ugo travelled in style on a direct flight to the Rescue Centre and arrived late morning on the 23rd February. He is very buoyant and looks to have been floating for a long time based on the waterline and his algae growth. He will have full diagnostics to check him over and identify the problem. He will likely just need time though, as many buoyant turtles do.
26 February 2021
X-rays confirmed that Ugo had substantial lung tears and sadly he died suddenly from these internal injuries. It is very sad to know that Ugo almost made it to adulthood, only to be entangled in ghost net, even briefly, and it caused his death. It goes to show how dangerous ghost gear is on so many levels. Although limb injuries are most common, it can cause serious internal injuries too.