Turtle Patient 242: Vaarey, Adult Male Olive Ridley

Turtle patient Vaarey recovering in the tank at the Rescue Centre. Image.

Vaarey, an adult male olive ridley, was found with his neck entangled in a cement mesh bag by the Soneva Jani resort staff in Noonu Atoll.

The Vitals

Admission Date: 14 April 2024
Patient Number: 242
Rescue Location: Noonu Atoll
Reason: Found Entangled
Transport Method: Speedboat
Status: Current patient

Species: Olive ridley
Scientific Name: Lepidochelys olivacea
Sex: Male
Age: Adult
Length: 62 cm
Weight: 19.4 kg

The Adoptive Parents

Vaarey has kindly been adopted by Robin Fetto, by Maria Merckx, by Isabelle, by Gabriela Schänzle and by Martin & Lyndsy Hancock.

Vaarey’s Story

Vaarey, meaning “rain” in Dhivehi, is an adult male olive ridley turtle found with his neck entangled in a cement mesh bag by the Soneva Jani resort staff in Noonu Atoll. He was also missing his left front flipper from a previous trauma which had fully healed, and had ingested fishing line, which was coming off his mouth at admission

Sarah, ORP’s sea turtle biologist based at the resort, helped to carefully retrieve him from the water and promptly called our veterinary team for an assessment. Once it was decided that Vaary needed veterinary care, Soneva Jani quickly built him a custom-made box for safe transport and transferred him by speedboat to the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre in Baa Atoll.

Following a comprehensive health assessment, we diagnosed Vaarey with anaemia and a gastrointestinal condition. Due to the ingested a fishing line, the veterinary team is closely monitoring him as he is still in very critical condition.

12 May 2024
Vaarey’s condition was quite critical for a couple of weeks but, fortunately, we were able to remove the fishing line he had ingested, and he started recovering from his gastrointestinal and anaemic conditions. Vaarey has been eating very well and his ligature injury around the neck has been healing fast under cold laser therapy sessions.

9 June 2024
Vaarey has made incredible strides this month. He began to dive all the way to the bottom of his tank only a few days after starting on Targeted External Weight Therapy (TEWT). While Vaarey’s diving still requires some practice and fine tuning, this was an incredible step in the right direction. Vaarey also has a great appetite, eating all of his food from the bottom of his tank. He is steadily gaining weight well and his anaemia has now almost completely resolved.

Adopt Vaarey

When you symbolically adopt one of our turtle patients you will receive:

  • A personalised digital adoption certificate with the history of your adopted turtle patient
  • A fact sheet about the species of sea turtle you have adopted
  • Updates on how your adopted turtle’s recovery is going (if you wish)
  • Your name featured on our website (if you wish)
  • Notification in the case of a release

We ask for a minimum one time gift donation of £50 to adopt a turtle patient. £50 will contribute to the cost of medical therapy for one patient for two weeks. You can also choose to make a monthly donation of your choice.

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.

By adopting one of our turtle patients, you will contribute towards the cost of our patients’ veterinary care, medications, and transport. You will also help fund our core charitable objectives to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education and outreach.