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Hawksbuill turtle patient Dinah with raised flippers. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 7 | 2021

Released Dinah, Arrived 19 August 2021, Released 27 August 2021 Just before Dr Minnie left for her holiday, we had a new arrival: a juvenile hawksbill named Dinah. Dinah was found washed ashore and very weak, in Gili Lankanfushi resort. After an initial triage she was found to be full of ingesta and also held her front flippers tightly under … Read More

Turtle patient Jannicke in her tank. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 6 | 2021

New Arrivals Jude, Arrived 30 July 2021 Jude was found near Malé by one of the speedboat crews from our partner resort One & Only Reethi Rah, floating on the surface and missing her front right flipper. She was assessed by the veterinary team via a video call and was deemed healthy. Her wound has healed well and she is very … Read More

Sea turtle patien Owen, hawksbill, in his tank at the ORP Rescue Centre. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 5 | 2021

Released Sunan – Arrived 12 March 2021, Released 6 July 2021 Sunan was released on the 6th July after spending 4 months at the Rescue Centre recovering from ghost gear entanglement, skin infection and a bone infection. He was a perfect patient; mild mannered with a great appetite! He swam away easily and quickly into the deep and we couldn’t … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 4 | 2021

Released Seaheart – Arrived 22 February 2021, Released 27 April 2021 Seaheart was released on 27 April. Although he had a little bit of a rough start, struggling to control his buoyancy, he soon worked it out and dived off into the blue! We are so happy with how he did at the Rescue Centre; his wounds looked amazing and … Read More

ORP Turtle Patient Update Issue 3 | 2021

Released Cal – Arrived 4 March 2021, Released 6 April 2021 Cal was using his damaged right flipper very well and swimming like a normal turtle. We therefore decided to release him back into the big blue, as he will be better off in his natural environment. He had a big appetite and gained back a substantial amount of weight … Read More

Turtle patient Disco laughing in his tank. Image.

ORP Turtle Patient Update Issue 2 | 2021

The Rescue Centre is running at more than max capacity with 10 turtle patients in house. Since the last update we have had 2 releases, 9 new arrivals and, sadly, 5 patients who passed away.

Turtle patient Ash released and back in the big blue. Image.

ORP Turtle Patient Update Issue 1|2021

Released Ash – Arrived 27 November, Released 29 December 2020 Ash was doing so well, eating very keenly, swimming well and pooping, but not plastic! She was released on 29 December 2020. We took her out on boat full of well wishers and she swam off happily, needing no encouragement. Good luck, Ash! New Arrivals Shellma – Arrived 16 January … Read More

Beautiful hawksbill turtle patinet Ash. Image.

ORP Turtle Patient Update Issue 8|2020

Current patients: Heidi, Azura, Discovery, Xena, Ash & Harry New Arrivals Harry, Arrived 20 December 2020 Harry is an adult male hawksbill turtle. He was found floating amongst a big pile of rubbish at a resort in the Alif Alif Atoll. He didn’t appear to have any external wounds, but he was floating with his back end up, very lethargic … Read More

Photo of turtle patient Heidi swimming over sea grass.

ORP Turtle Patient Update Issue 7|2020

Current patients: Heidi, Azura, Discovery, and Xena. New Arrival Xena is an adult female Olive ridley. She was found floating upside down and missing her left front flipper in Lhaviyani Atoll back in October 2019. She has been rehabilitating at Atoll Marine Centre all this while but recently started deteriorating, refusing food, losing weight and showing signs of shifting buoyancy … Read More

Turtle patient Azura on a sea swim. Image.

ORP Turtle Patient Update Issue 6|2020

Current patients: Heidi, Azura, Discovery and Hubert. Released Coral – Arrived 11 July 2020 Coral had come on leaps and bounds since arriving at the rescue centre in July. She arrived buoyant but with some good food and time to recover, she started to be able to dive beautifully. Her shell was looking great too and so we are happy … Read More