Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation
Turtle Nests at Landaa Giraavaru
Our two Green turtle nests (laid in September) were expected to hatch during November. However, unusually high tides on 27 November caused waves to flood both nests, and this was followed by heavy rain the following day. Therefore, on 29 November, we decided to give nature a helping hand by excavating the nests of the wet compacted sand.
Nest #1 (V200) sadly did not have any survivors (4 dead hatchlings, 28 under-developed, 28 unfertilised eggs, 16 empty shells, 2 yolkless eggs).
Nest #2 (V210) was much better, with 29 live hatchlings (plus 1 dead hatchling, 7 under-developed, 54 unfertilised eggs, 45 empty shells, 1 yolkless egg). The live babies were released into the open ocean after night fall.
Nest #3 (V200) is higher up the beach and had escaped the waves. We are monitoring for activity, as it is expected to hatch in December.