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April 2011 – Local Ocean Trust Rehabilitation Centre In-House Patients


Olivia, our first Olive Ridley patient in over 2 years was brought to us on April 11th from Darakasi, Watamu. For many of us, it was the first Olive Ridley we had ever seen and we were all fascinated by this pre-historic looking, beautiful and unique creature. The characteristic heart shaped shell, ridge down the centre and broad head are clearly evident.

Olivia was found floating in Mida Creek. She was very dehydrated so she was brought to our rehabilitation centre for treatment.  She was suffering from a lung infection and wasn’t eating. We treated her for her dehydration and infection and resorted to tube feeding her prawns so that she could get her strength back. After only a couple of days she was eating alone again and her digestive system was working. She is now swimming happily around her tank despite having a limp flipper which she rests on top of her shell. We will be sad to see her go when she is ready to be released back into the sea as we love having an Olive Ridley resident at the centre. Come and visit us before she goes!


Bahati (meaning lucky in Swahili) is a juvenile Green turtle, brought to the Local Ocean Trust Rehabilitation Centre on MarBahatich 31st 2011. She had been found washed ashore entangled in a drift net in Watamu. She has an incredible shell but the injuries from the net are still apparent on her front left flipper. She is receiving medication to build up her strength and responding well to it as now she is swimming around and looking beautiful.


Shela has been with us since December 2010. A boat propeller had badly cracked her shell and she was also suffering from Fibropapillomas tumours. She was brought to us on Fly540 (a commercial airline) from Lamu where she had been found floating. When she came to us she was very weak, wasn’t swimming and kept her back fins clenched together due to the pain from her shell injury. In the past few months however, she really has gone from strength to strength and her crack is healing very well, we hope it will make a full recovering in the next few months.  The mats in the shallow end of the pond provide her with endless fun.  She seems to like putting her head under them and lifting them up, putting them on her back and moving off.  Shela is the most beautiful green I have ever seen, the patterns on her shell are truly admirable and despite her injuries she looks bright and well. We took Shela out for her first sea-bath in March 2011 – she was swimming strongly…. a little too fast for my liking (!?) which is a great sign of how well she is doing. She still struggles with her buoyancy but with more sea-baths we are confident she will recover quickly and she will be released in the next few months.

Shella - Green Turtle

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