Landaa Giraavaru

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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 … ! 🦈

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.

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.

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.

Olivia’s Marine Biology Internship

Olivia’s Marine Biology Internship

Hi everyone, my name is Olivia, and I am a 22-year-old Master’s student from England, studying Tropical Marine Biology. I am the marine biologist intern here at the Marine Discovery Centre at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. As part of my Master’s degree, I am researching the Reefscapers coral propagation programme.

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.

Lotte’s Marine Life

Lotte’s Marine Life

Learn about Lotte’s new life at Landaa, helping with our Clownfish and jellies in the Fish Lab. There’s time to propagate some corals with our Reefscaping team, before caring for the injured turtle patients at our rescue centre.
Lotte also kick-starts the Flying Turtles programme, to find new permanent homes for our “non-releasable” long-term residents.

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.

Reefscapers new “A.I. for Corals”

Reefscapers new “A.I. for Corals”

Read about the latest pioneering REEFSCAPERS project … we are building a solar-powered autonomous catamaran!
Using robotics, GPS and advanced artificial intelligence software, we hope to start remotely photographing and monitoring our coral frame garden.
Find out how our team of marine scientists are taking coral conservation into the 21st Century …

Chathu’s Story

Chathu’s Story

Hello, I’m Chathu, a Master’s student at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.
I’ve spent ten weeks as a marine biology intern at the Marine Discovery Center in Landaa Giraavaru, and there is so much to learn about the different aspects of the marine biology programmes here, including Turtle care, the Fish Lab and Coral propagation, plus turtle safaris, adventure snorkels and dolphin cruises.

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.

Louise’s Life at Landaa

Louise’s Life at Landaa

My name is Louise, I am a French marine biology student from the IMBRSea Master. I am currently working on the island of Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives, to work on my Master’s thesis with the Reefscapers team.
For my project, I will be assessing the growth rate of the coral frames that are located around the island as part of the reef restoration programme.

Sea Turtles And Plastic

Sea Turtles And Plastic

Approximately 8 million tonnes of synthetic waste are thought to enter the world’s oceans every year, and there are currently 5 trillion pieces of plastic waste floating just in the surface waters.
The ingestion of plastics in marine wildlife is a growing concern, with plastic debris found inside many animals ranging from crabs and seabirds, to turtles and whales.

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!

Rafaela’s Marine Biology Blog

Rafaela’s Marine Biology Blog

Hello, my name is Rafaela. I’m 25 years old and I graduated from my Master’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Algarve.
I have been here for 5 weeks so far, and I’m really enjoying it and learning a lot. I have spent time treating the turtle patients, monitoring coral frames around the island, and taking guest snorkel safaris.