Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)
Hello again! As sad as it is to say that my time here as a Marine Savers intern has officially come to an end, I have many exciting stories to share from my last month in the Maldives. With turtle releases and even more new patients, staff dives to exciting reefs, and attending the second annual Maldives Marine Science Symposium … my last month at Kuda Huraa has been nothing short of incredible! (In case you missed them, here are my previous chapters: >> One >> Two >> Three and Four).
Starting off with some turtle news; this month I had the pleasure of releasing two of my favourite turtle patients, Rosa and Donny. Rosa was part of our ‘Head Start’ program, arriving at the centre 15 months ago. People often ask if our turtles have individual personalities and it’s easy to say yes after caring for patients like Rosa!

Rosa loved to greet people at the edge of her pool, and she loved scratches on her carapace, wiggling her whole body and constantly swimming back to you asking for more. When she wasn’t asking for scratches, we’d often see her entertaining herself with the enrichment toys in her pool, or even blowing bubbles from her nose and chasing after them!

We released Rosa onto our house reef, where there is an existing population of Green turtles and ample amounts of sea grass.

Donny was a mature female Olive Ridley turtle, admitted on 25 February due to injuries from entanglement in a ghost fishing net. The damage caused by the net resulted in severe lacerations to her right front flipper which sadly ended in amputation. During her time with us, not only did Donny undergo surgery for the removal of her flipper, she also overcame a severe skin infection.

Donny is a key example of how impressive a sea turtle’s survival instinct is and just how resilient they can be when faced with these situations. Donny was successfully released back in to the ocean on 3 July.

As we release turtles, more new patients usually arrive, and this month has been no exception. In total, we have received 7 new turtles during July, all requiring treatment and care at our turtle rehabilitation centre. Unfortunately, 2 of these turtles had fallen victim to careless human actions. Indra has been excreting large quantities of plastic waste, mainly fragments of plastic and fishing net, and Joy even excreted a large fishing hook.

Synthetic materials do not breakdown easily so are incredibly harmful to the environment. Seeing first hand just how detrimental our need for plastics can be, and what it can do to another species, is devastating. Being aware of what we consume and how we dispose of it can make a HUGE difference. Both Indra and Joy will remain in our care until they make a full recovery.

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

Last goodbye to Rosa before release

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

Juvenile rescue Hawksbill ‘Pinecone’

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

All the plastic excreted by Indra

On 24 July, I was given the opportunity to attend the second annual Maldives Marine Science Symposium. I spent most of the day listening to presentations given by fellow marine biologists on projects they have completed in the Maldives. There were interesting presentations on coral, marine megafauna, fisheries management (and more), and it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the marine science community here in the Maldives. I was also able to present a poster on behalf of Ale (our turtle biologist), detailing the Marine Savers satellite-tagging work over the years. It was great to be able to share our work with the rest of the scientific community.
Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)
Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)
The dive team organised another staff dive, which I was invited to join. Last month I had my first experience snorkelling with mantas, and this month I had my first experience … diving with them! Being able to swim just metres away from a cleaning station, watching these majestic creatures glide through the water and over our heads was an unforgettable experience. (Lots more great photos).
Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

Reefscapers coral restoration work on the House Reef

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

My very own Reefscapers coral frame!

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

Diving with mantas … exhilarating & unforgettable! [GALLERY]

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

Taking Trooper for swimming lessons

And just like that my time here as an intern has come to an end; it has been an unforgettable time and I have completely enjoyed every second of it. I’ve had some incredible experiences and met some wonderful people; special thanks must be given to the MDC team for everything they have done and taught me in the past 5 months, I am eternally grateful for their support. This little island definitely feels like home, and as sad as it is to leave, I’m sure that it won’t be my last time in the Maldives! But for now, all my love Kuda Huraa. ❤

Till we meet again
Tori 😊

Tori’s internship, Marine Savers Maldives (1)

Taking weekly measurements at our turtle centre – Trooper

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The Seamarc team were excellent teachers (thank you!) and everyone was very patient so I learnt very quickly.
I will always be eternally grateful for this opportunity ... A very sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone’s encouragement, hard work and dedication. My short time here has allowed me to learn so many things that otherwise might not have been possible.
The memories I have forged here will always have a special place in my heart ♡ … what a wonderful country!

Janice (Singapore) 2017

From literally stepping out of the airport and onto the resort speedboat, I was completely blown away by how amazing the Maldives is; hot sun, blue skies, and crystal-clear waters … paradise!
In my first week, I spent a lot of time learning about and working with the resident sea turtles ... Caring for these turtles has been great fun and each one has its own personality.
... we were lucky to encounter a large pod of false killer whales, which was an incredible experience!
The teams at both resorts are a fantastic group of people and I enjoyed every moment working with them all.

Mark (UK) 2016

The first week was a busy one as three new rehab turtles turned up in three consecutive days. I have also been busy with guest snorkel trips, dolphin cruises, scientific projects, coral reef monitoring and surfing world class waves at the local breaks!
I have been here for the last five wonderful weeks ... such great fun and every day is so varied ... to learn all I can about the amazing marine life in the Maldives.

Adam (UK) 2016

Each morning I caught the local 8:15 ferry boat … much better than the bus in Germany!
One day we went to a nearby uninhabited agricultural island, to collect some turtle hatchlings and release them out in the open water. Another great experience was the manta boat-trip ... for one whole day we searched for mantas in different sites around Baa Atoll.
All in all I can say that my 6 weeks’ volunteering ... was a great experience, I met a lot of nice and very friendly people and I learned a lot about turtles, fish species and corals in the beautiful tropical waters around the Maldives.

Nicole (Germany) 2016

The Marine Savers team is great fun to work with, and I couldn’t have asked for a better location to gain some experience in environmental conservation.
It was wonderful to be around so many people who share my passion for the underwater world, and I hope it’s not too long before I’m back beneath the waves in the Maldives!

Dhiya (Sri Lanka) 2016

Every day was a different adventure, with turtles to treat, corals to transplant, talks to give and dolphins to spot. It is always a thrill to (see) the juvenile Spinner dolphins, who stick very close to their mothers but are often the most acrobatic jumpers, putting the ‘spin’ in Spinner. Sometimes we were lucky to spot manta rays too.
I am very grateful to the Marine Savers team ... It has strengthened my desire to work in marine conservation and I hope to be back in the Maldives one day!

Roz (UK) 2016

You can see some breathtaking marine life here in the Maldives, and every time I’m in the water I feel constantly in awe of my surroundings ... 2 mantas at a cleaning station swam through our dive group, getting extremely close!
These activities, along with the people I have met along the way have ... made the experience so enjoyable and memorable.

Emily (UK) 2016

I had never seen a turtle this large before, which was a whole new experience for me in itself ... It took 6 people to get this amazing turtle out of the water and into the boat.
I have even started leading some of the snorkel safaris around nearby reefs, an incredibly rewarding experience to be sharing information and experiences with people. My favourite moments have often been on our dolphin cruises, the incredible spinner dolphins never cease to amaze me as they throw their bodies high above the water surface. That is certainly a sight I will never get tired of!

Sophie (UK) 2015

Taking time off work to travel all the way to the Maldives to care for sea turtles might seem a crazy idea to some; for me, however, it was the chance of a lifetime. This was the perfect opportunity to leave my office desk in the concrete jungle of Hong Kong and take part in something meaningful in a unique part of the world.
I have had a tremendous time, and have made friends with a lot of lovely people from around the world. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would definitely like to come back some day to visit everyone… and the sea turtles too, of course!

Keith (Hong Kong) 2015

Winy and Hazel had a very busy and enjoyable time, working with our turtle care patients and the Reefscapers coral propagation programme.
They also helped with an important reef clean-up, and had a memorable day releasing baby turtle hatchlings into the ocean.

Winy & Hazel (Hong Kong) 2015

Every day since I have arrived has been an adventure!
I am witnessing new and amazing things every day, from sunsets to 'Spanish Dancers' ! It’s a wonderful experience as we share underwater marine life encounters, and I have actually lost count of how many sharks, dolphins and turtles I’ve encountered since I arrived ... and it’s magical every time.

Cath (UK) 2015

The care and rehabilitation of the turtles here is very satisfying work.
In just a short few weeks, I have seen Spinner Dolphins, Hawksbill Turtles, Black Tip Reef Sharks and of course lots of colourful and varied marine life ... a wonderful moment each time!

Mailis (Belgium) 2015

All of the experiences have allowed me to make many new friends and gain knowledge and memories that will never be forgotten.
Thank you to everyone for making my time here so enjoyable!

Beth (UK) 2015

A very enjoyable part of my job is spreading awareness to the public, to promote better understanding and appreciation for the marine ecosystem. We recently organised a school excursion ... seeing these enthusiastic children learning about the environment brings me joy and hope.
My time here has been an amazing experience ... more than just swimming with the fishes and being surrounded by beautiful reefs!

Adrelia (Singapore) 2014

Frédéric was a PhD student and lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, specialising in ecology and tropical marine biology.
During his time with us, Frédéric researched indigenous Echinoderms, and possibly discovered a previously undocumented new species of sea cucumber.

Frédéric (France) 2014

Glen worked with us in 2014, developing a shark population survey to study local populations of Blacktip Reef sharks using a variety of survey methods including underwater camera traps, and snorkel surveys.

Glen (UK) 2014

One of our first interns, Dylan (from Singapore's Temasek Polytechnic) had an amazingly unique experience with us.
Firstly, he helped with the rescue of a stranded false killer whale 'Haita' (although she sadly did not survive rehabilitation).
And then he was invited to the “Marine Mammal Stranding Symposium” (February 2013), to present our work and findings to fellow marine biologists.

Dylan (Singapore) 2012

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