Kuda Huraa

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Updates From Our Marine Discovery Centres

Updates From Our Marine Discovery Centres

Go behind the scenes as we deep-clean the Fish Lab, and see how bacterial contamination can be the main enemy of healthy fish larvae.
Read how oil spills can affect marine life, although thankfully Tara the juvenile Olive Ridley turtle was rescued just in time.
And meet our resident heron (pictured), who has a very unlikely fishing partner … ! 🦈

Maanee’s Marine Biology Blog

Maanee’s Marine Biology Blog

It’s Maanee’s final month with us, and she’s been a huge help with our turtle rescue patients. Learn about the different personalities that each turtle displays, and read how we nurse them back to health before release back into the ocean.
Plus there’s the story of Tara, the juvenile Olive Ridley turtle found covered in oil, who receives a special spa treatment … a mayonnaise massage! 😃

Reefscapers Diary 2020

Reefscapers Diary 2020

Our dedicated Coral Biologists keep you up to date with all the latest news and photos direct from our Centres at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Read how our coral reef propagation project is progressing in 2020, and see our latest hands-on experiments studying resilience to coral bleaching.

Roundup from Landaa and Kuda Huraa

Roundup from Landaa and Kuda Huraa

Read the latest news on marine education & awareness, and look back over the coral propagation program with our Reefscapers experts.
Venture into the Fish Lab for a guided tour of our jellyfish aquarium, and see our Clownfish breeding updates.
There’s good (and sad) news of turtles entangled in ghost netting, and discover the latest tech developments in our unique AI reef-monitoring catamaran.

Maanee’s Marine Life

Maanee’s Marine Life

Kihineh, and greetings from the jewelled-necklace of the Indian Ocean! My name is Maanee, and I’m one of the fresh faces interning with Marine Savers at Kuda Huraa.
Not a day in my experience has been anything short of sensational, as every aspiring marine biologist must consider the opportunity to live and work here as a dream and privilege.
But let me be the first to tell you that caring for sick & injured turtles is a full-time job … ! 💚

Marine Life from Lab to Ocean!

Marine Life from Lab to Ocean!

Go behind the scenes, as we refurbish our large marine aquarium, and then take a look down the microscope at the fish eggs from our breeding pairs of Maldivian Anemonefish.
Catch up with our REEFSCAPERS coral biologists, before meeting our recovering turtle patients (rescued from entanglement in drifting ghost fishing nets) and learning about the start of the ‘sea turtle stranding season’ in the Maldives.

Reefscapers Dynamic Duo!

Reefscapers Dynamic Duo!

Hi everyone! 🙂 We’re Martyna and Sorin, 2 interns at the Marine Discovery Centre Kuda Huraa, working on the coral restoration program.
We are maintaining 2,000+ coral frames, collecting coral fragments and transplanting them onto both new and existing frames. Typically, each day involves a solid 7 hours in the water … which we LOVE! 💙

Updates From Our Marine Biology Teams

Updates From Our Marine Biology Teams

Join our FS Apprentices & Reefscapers Volunteers underwater, restoring & replanting as part of our coral propagation projects, and enjoy the latest video clips of our teams hard at work, rest & play.
Then discover the fish eggs laid by our Maldivian anemonefish, and watch the Linckia sea stars in our small marine aquarium as they regenerate themselves from a single arm!

Turtle Tracks, Jolly Jellies & Fishy Tales

Turtle Tracks, Jolly Jellies & Fishy Tales

Meet the local school children as they spend the day with us, learning about marine conservation and coming face to face with the Aurelia jellyfish in our Kreisel tank.
Join us at Hithaadhoo for the first Baa Atoll Turtle Festival for some fun & games, and then follow Peggy’s journey across the ocean on our interactive satellite map.

Marine Savers Monthly Musings

Marine Savers Monthly Musings

Join us down in the Lab, to catch up with fish breeding news and read about the Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) in our dedicated Kreisel tank.
Our ‘Flying Turtles’ project has taken an interesting turn, and learn how you can contribute towards Maldivian turtle conservation by sending in your turtle photographs for identification and naming.

Updates From Landaa & Kuda Huraa

Updates From Landaa & Kuda Huraa

Take a front row seat at the Microplastics Workshop (SOS, MWSRP) to learn about the adverse effects of plastic pollution on whale sharks in the Maldives.
And then meet the jellies in our new Kreisel jellyfish tank … the perfect home for them to grow and thrive under our watchful eye.

Monthly Marine Roundup

Monthly Marine Roundup

Fly over the lagoon at Kuda Huraa for a great aerial view of our Reefscapers coral frames at the water villas!
Next, head to Landaa’s Marine Discovery Centre to meet our new arrivals at the Fish Lab … juvenile flying fish!
Finally, discover why March-April has sadly been a record period for rescuing turtles that have been found entangled in drifting ghost fishing nets around the Maldives.

Meet Marine Intern Julia

Meet Marine Intern Julia

Hi, I’m Julia, 28 years young from England, and I’m the current marine biology intern here at Kuda Huraa!
At the moment, there are large numbers of adult Olive Ridley turtles drifting to the Maldives trapped in discarded (ghost) fishing gear, often wounded and dehydrated when they’re rescued. So we are busy turtle feeding and monitoring, and discussing our conservation efforts with resort guests.

Latest Marine Biology Updates

Latest Marine Biology Updates

Take a visit to our Fish Lab to see how our regenerating starfish is growing, and meet the very unusual arrival at our turtle rescue Centre … an Olive Ridley turtle hatchling!
Watch a few short videos featuring life above and beneath the waves, and learn about turtle nest protection before meeting our adult rescue turtles, found entangled in ghost nets.

Reefscapers Diary 2019

Reefscapers Diary 2019

Our dedicated Coral Biologists keep you up to date with all the latest news and photos direct from our Centres at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Read how our coral reef propagation project is progressing in 2019, and see our latest hands-on experiments studying resilience to coral bleaching.

From Turtles to Clownfish

From Turtles to Clownfish

Updates from our resident marine biologists at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Spend some time with the Clownfish in our Fish Lab, see how turtle facial patterns mature, and accompany a special patient for a medical checkup and an X-ray.
Have you seen wild turtles on the reef ? Send us your photos!

Marine Savers Monthly Roundup

Marine Savers Monthly Roundup

Join our Junior Marine Savers as they learn how to care for the injured turtles at our rescue Centre.
Then take a tour of the fish lab – see how our marine aquarium corals have been growing, read our roundup of 2018, and take a close look at some Clownfish eggs … as they appear to look right back at you!

Fish Tails and Fishy Tales

Fish Tails and Fishy Tales

Come and join us down in the Fish Lab for some interesting stories … our baby Clownfish are developing unique patterns, and one of our male seahorses has given birth!
We have updates from our turtle experts about beach nests and the national turtle ID project, and there’s an open invitation to meet the injured turtle patients and hatchlings in our rehabilitation centre.

First Manta Festival, Dharavandhoo

First Manta Festival, Dharavandhoo

24 November 2018 was a legendary day at Dharavandhoo for the First Manta Festival! This great event was organised by the Manta Trust, and dedicated to the young Maldivian generation.
Manta rays are an incredibly valuable asset to Baa Atoll, home to the world famous Hanifaru Bay, so these graceful and majestic animals are the perfect mascot for an educational day dedicated to celebrating marine life.

Marine Savers Monthly Updates

Marine Savers Monthly Updates

Take a look at our regenerating starfish, and then venture into the Fish Lab to meet our baby Nemo Clownfish with a unique pattern!
We welcome students from the MNU in Malé, and investigate the bleaching of sea anemones.
Then you can discover another Green turtle nest on the beach right here at Landaa, and encounter an unusual marine specimen in the lagoon (can you guess what it is??)