In cooperation with the Olive Ridley Project and its Marine Turtle Rescue Center, Reethi Beach Resort has announced its considerable contribution to the rescue efforts of Niyami, an adult male Olive Ridley turtle. On June 15, 2023, Niyami—whose Dhivehi name means "Navigator"—was found and saved in the Dhaalu atoll.
It was a difficult voyage for Niyami to get to the Rescue Center, needing seamless coordination and assistance from numerous partners. He was transported using two seaplanes, thanks to Manta Air's kind assistance, after being discovered entangled in a ghost. Reethi Beach Resort provided a motorboat for the turtle's safe transit throughout the journey's last stage.
Niyami was underweight and had significant ligature wounds on his front flippers and left hind flipper, including an exposed fracture, when he was admitted. The nets rubbed on his shell for a considerable time, causing significant abrasions on his carapace and plastron. The veterinary team began supportive therapy, pain management, and the process of stabilizing Niyami before the required operation to clean and debride his wounds to address his condition.
We are happy to report that Niyami has made good development. He had his first operation, and everything went smoothly during his recovery. He has started to eat and swim actively in his tank, even attempting to stay underwater. His health is being continuously monitored by the Rescue Center staff, who are making sure he receives the proper care and attention as he makes his recovery.
Reethi Beach Resort views animal welfare and environmental preservation as the two main cornerstones of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. The resort confirms its dedication to protecting marine life and advancing sustainable practices by taking part in the rescue of Niyami. This partnership with the Olive Ridley Project demonstrates how determined we all are to protect endangered creatures and their ecosystems.