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Meet Xiko, A Juvenile Olive Ridley Found Floating

Xiko, a juvenile olive ridley, was found floating near One & Only Reethi Rah in North Male Atoll on Christmas Day. Xiko is missing a flipper, but the injury looks old.

Intake Date: 25th December 2019
Length: 47 cm
Weight: 8.8 kg
Status: Deceased 5th January 2019

Xiko has been adopted for Roya & Darya by Sassan Ahsani.

Ziko (pronounced as Cheeko) was spotted floating by a guest at One & Only Reethi Rah on Christmas Day. The guest informed the resort staff and our Sea Turtle Biologist and O&O’s Marine Biologist went out and rescued the little guy. Ziko is named for the guest who spotted him.

When he arrived, Ziko was extremely malnourished and had very sunken in eyes. He had also self-amputated his front left flipper, likely in a ghost net entanglement. The wound had healed so Ziko was likely entangled for a long time.

Ziko had a very good appetite and appeared to be getting stronger every day. He did suffer from buoyancy syndrome, but was active and tried to dive all the time. Then suddenly he took a turn for the worse and passed away. It turns out he had pneumonia.