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The ampullae of Lorenzini are modified parts of the lateral line system and are primarily sensitive to electrical fields. They help a shark sense the activities of a prey item, avoid predators, detect a mate, geonavigation and even communication! It also means they can detect a 😂 . . . . . 📷

Meet Ekko, our spinner dolphin number 100! Since we started our dolphin ID project we have been able to identify 100 spinners so far. Spinner dolphins don’t have many markings in their dorsal fin making difficult the identification of individuals, takes high quality pictures and a good eye to see all the little markings and identify these magnificent creatures. Someone has any suggestions for future names??!! . . 📸

With 8 million tons of plastics dumped into the ocean every year, more than half of the sea turtles on the planet have ingested plastic (Shuyler et al., 2013). Our new little resident is no exception. This plastic debris was found in her faeces this morning. We are hoping she will not suffer any further health issues and be able to pass it naturally. Please remember Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

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> Are you looking for work experience to follow your passion and qualifications in marine biology? > Are you enthusiastic and hard-working, but need a foot on the ladder? Then you might be the person we are looking for! We have a vacancy for an Assistant Coral Biologist, 6 months initially. Apply now (download the form) and be ready to start in November! ☀️🌴🐠

Watch and listen at this funny pod of short-finned pilot whales encountered last week by our marine biologist with the Explorer team while cruising in between Goidhoo and Baa Atolls. These marine mammals emit complicated vocalizations which include echolocation, clicks whistles and pulse sounds. Their whistles range in dominant frequency from 2 to 14 kHz (UNIV of Rhode island, 2018). Video credit: Muhammadh Shakeeb

On the 6th of September, Naiko was released at Kuda Huraa. After spending 11 months in our care, he was ready to continue his journey into the big blue. Good Luck Little one!

Great day for our marine biologists on board of Four Seasons Explorer for the Manta expedition organised by Manta Trust.

Tori waves “goodbye” to some rescue turtle friends, and dives with mantas for the very first time! 🙂

We’re in the middle of Manta season, and we have some great photos to share with you! 🙂 Join us for the national Marine Symposium held at Malé University, and learn about our small marine aquaria. We also welcomed groups of students and teachers from neighbouring local islands, for an insight into the inner workings at our Centre.

The video of the lucky Taïssya, released on August 3rd 2018. This Olive Ridley juvenile only spent few days at the rehabilitation center after she was found entangled in a ghost net near Soneva Jani. The rescued was done on time as Taïssya was able to dive few days after and showed only superficial injuries. We wish her good luck for her journey back to the ocean. Audrey Cartraud Carla Di Santo Léa Le Berre

We currently have openings for marine biology internships (unpaid) starting SOON! Recent graduates looking to pursue further studies can download our application form for more details. Good luck, and we might be seeing you in a few weeks ! 😀 🌴 🇲🇻 ️☀️

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Time for a little refurbishment of our main aquarium of 4000 L. Carla Di Santo our Fish biologist and Simon Paul Dixon our coral biologist working together to make the aquarium background looks good and balanced. Both corner designs were changed with new live rocks and coral organisms.

A pod of Risso's doplhins (Grampus griseus, G. Cuvier 1812) came to wish us a good morning, traveling in family just in front of Landaa Giraavaru. These fifth largest of the delphinids are not seen as often as other species and often confused with pilot whales. Risso’s dolphins may be recognised from the extensive lines that stretch down their body. These white scars are thought to be caused by others Risso during fighting or may be the result of squid bites during their feeding times. Due to their offshore habits, relatively little is known about their biology. Sadly, in Sri Lanka, Risso's dolphins were apparently the second most commonly taken cetacean in fisheries (Jefferson et al. 1993). Sometimes it is good to look up from our coral and sea turtle species to watch out for this relatively unknown and surprising cetacean species that we can find in The Maldives. Video credit: Hussain Sujau

After only a few days we could release this handsome Olive Ridley Turtle back into the Ocean on Friday, August 3rd. She was found with only minor injuries entangled in a fishing net in the lagoon of Soneva Jani and sent to our Rehabilitation Center in Landaa. After assessment and a couple of days of observation we could confirm that she was ready to dive back into the big blue. Good Bye, Taissya!

This month, Tori welcomes injured rescue turtles to our Rehabilitation Centre, and learns some new coral propagation techniques for our Reefscapers frames. Next, there’s an exciting trip to Baa Atoll in search of mantas, and we discover some of Aku’s clownfish secrets down in Landaa’s Fish Lab …

Another month has flown by at Kuda Huraa, and it’s been one of new experiences and wonderful surprises for Tori. We’ve been busily treating the turtle patients at our rehabilitation centre, there are some thrilling marine encounters with pilot whales and eagle rays, and the month ends with an exciting opportunity …

Help our apprentices, as they get hands-on with our marine ‘touch pool’, before joining our Junior Marine Savers on snorkel safari to learn about sea anemones. And then venture beyond the reef as we release hundreds of turtle hatchlings safely into the ocean.

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Donny is one of our rehabilitation turtles, after overcoming an amputation and a skin infection, she was ready to head back into the wild. Good Luck Donny!

On July 1st we had the opportunity to release back into the wild some of our patients. Rosa, Shelby, Banana and Lily set off on their new journey in Maldivian waters, we hope to see them around during our snorkel and diving trips.

Whale shark festival is on in Baa atoll! Today a 5 meters specimen and around 20 Manta rays got spotted by our lucky marine biologists and their guests during a normal Turtle Safari excursion. The ID pictures will be send to the Manta Trust and the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP).

Our marine biologists Felipe, holding Lily, Ale holding Shelby and Hannah holding Banana. Today we released 3 of these hawksbill sea turtles at our turtle safari snorkelling site. We hope they stay around so we can see them again. Goodluck lil guys @felipe_alei @alecarcar89 @han_louise95 💙🌏🌊🐢 . . . 📸@alex_thomson94

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