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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.

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 …

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.

Thije’s Third Time

Thije’s Third Time

For his final month of internship, Thije continues to help with the care and rehabilitation of our rescue turtles, with some good and some bad news …
There is also time for a magical encounter with blacktip reef sharks, before starting work on constructing a unique (and enormous!) turtle … out of coral frames! 💚

Reefscapers Diary 2018

Reefscapers Diary 2018

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 2018, and see our latest hands-on experiments studying resilience to coral bleaching.

Thije’s Turtle Time

Thije’s Turtle Time

Thije is back with more great photos and stories from his busy life as a marine biology intern.
This month, he gets to understand the real personalities of our rescue turtles, and then there’s a first look at his Reefscapers coral propagation project.

Time With Thije

Time With Thije

Thije joins us from The Netherlands as our latest intern here at the Marine Discovery Centre.
Read about his first few action-packed weeks at Landaa Giraavaru, and enjoy his excellent photo album of marine life viewed from both above and below the waves.

Reefscapers Diary 2017

Reefscapers Diary 2017

Stay up to date with all the latest news and photos from our dedicated Coral Biologists, direct from our Centres at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Read how our coral reef propagation project is progressing in 2017, and see our latest experiments studying the growth in coral micro-fragments in controlled lab conditions.

Marine Discovery Centre News

Marine Discovery Centre News

We have a packed report from our Centres at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Read about Samy, an Olive Ridley turtle rescued from entanglement in a ghost fishing net and now recovering well from his injuries.
Meet our new ‘Head Start’ hatchlings, and join the students from Kurendhoo school on a tour of our facilities.

Coral Bleaching 2016

Coral Bleaching 2016

The Maldives experienced unusually high ocean temperatures during March-May 2016, which caused paling and bleaching in corals both on our Reefscapers frames and on the natural reefs.
Read about the seasonal effects of El Niño, see our photos of the coral bleaching event and its aftermath, and learn of our experiments to minimise future damage and regenerate the reefs.

Reefscapers Reef Research

Reefscapers Reef Research

Our coral biologists have had a very busy year, as they continue to monitor our frames and the natural reefs for the effects of coral bleaching.
You can also see a striking coral spawning event, and then join us on a visit to the island of Fainu (Raa Atoll, Maldives) to help a group of local enthusiasts with their coral propagation efforts.

Coral Taxonomy Project

Coral Taxonomy Project

We are teaming up with international coral experts to start an exciting taxonomical identification project, using specialised genetic techniques for the first time in Maldives.
This will increase our understanding of coral species and symbiotic algae, and help identify any coral hybrids with potential resistance to climate change and warming ocean temperatures.

Reefscapers Coral Frames

Reefscapers Coral Frames

Our Reefscapers coral propagation teams are extra-busy this month, as we enter the warmest period of the year.
Learn about our coral experiments, and our efforts to reduce the impacts of the seasonally hot ocean temperatures in the Maldives.
We also have an exciting photo gallery, as our team slip into dive suits and use air lift bags in a major project to relocate some of our “at risk” coral frames.

Coral Frame Updates

Coral Frame Updates

Join our Reefscapers teams, as they snorkel around the lagoons to monitor our 4000+ coral frames. We have some great photos of our mature frames, and see our continued battle against the Crown Of Thorns menace.
There’s an update from Emily’s study on the growth rate of corals, and we welcome a group of students visiting from Ungoofaru School.

Coral Monitoring With Reefscapers

Coral Monitoring With Reefscapers

Our Reefscapers teams have been working hard this month, maintaining and photographing our coral frames around the island lagoons.
Read about the environmental challenges we have been overcoming, and see the beauty and diversity of marine life on the natural reef and living amongst our coral frames.

Reefscapers

Reefscapers

December was a busy month for our Reefscapers teams, with much of the work being carried out wearing Santa hats and a big smile ! 🙂
We continue to combat the menace that is the Crown of Thorns starfish, as well as a smothering carpet of invasive algae.
And you can see our annual Reefscapers Xmas ‘Tree’ being made and sited underwater at Landaa Giraavaru.

Reefscapers News Roundup

Reefscapers News Roundup

All the latest facts and figures from our coral propagation programmes at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Our Reefscapers teams have been busily maintaining our coral frames, and updating the database with all the latest photos.
Plus you can read why the beautiful Crown Of Thorns starfish can be such a menace on the reef, and see how we are combating the problem.