Two Olive Ridley turtles trapped
Yesterday during his early morning walk around the resort the GM of Kihaa Maldives spotted this big net entangled underneath the water villas. Unfortunately two Olive Ridley turtles were trapped in it. He called us for help but immediately went in the water and started to disentangle the net and dragged it towards the beach. In the meantime @Marc Zaalberg arrived equipped with a knife to help and cut the turtles free.
Both turtles showed some abrasions on their fins but were still active and capable to dive and swim away. We don’t know how long this ghost net was drifting in the ocean and at what stage the turtles got trapped in the net. The usual habitat of Olive Ridley turtles is outside the Atoll, so it must have taken some time for the net to arrive inside the Atoll. Luckily both turtles got away with just a fright and some abrasions.