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Happy world turtle day! 💚 Sea turtles have been roaming this Earth for a LONG time however, they now face endangerment due to factors such as poaching, habitat loss, entanglement in fishing nets and plastic pollution. Despite this, we can all do our part to help the turtles by partaking in simple actions such as keeping our oceans clean and making sustainable choices in our everyday lives. Every little action counts! . . 📷 . .

is putting robotics and artificial intelligence to work to help save the coral reefs! It is no secret that the worlds reefs are under threat. In the fight for survival it is vital to collect reliable and consistent data to enable the development of successful restoration and management plans. They are developing a robot which will help marine scientists improve coral propagation techniques, which can be applied throughout the world! To find out more, follow the link in their bio!

They’re back! The changing monsoon means it is Manta season again here in Baa Atoll. Did you know that the Maldives is home to the largest known population of Reef Mantas in the world! estimate numbers around 5,000 individuals. 📷 . . . . . .

Peek-a-boo! A juvenile porcupine fish under our coral frame. As an absolute last resort they will suck in water and inflate themselves with their spikes protruding out. Inflating themselves can actually do severe damage as it shifts their organs around. How cute is this little one though? 😍🐡🌏 . . .

Release week for Aan, Tao & Acorn! These sea turtles spent a couple of weeks with us for rehabilitation from injuries caused by ghost nets. After rehabilitation and treatment, they were ready to head back into the wild! . . . . .

Our new jellyfish tank is gradually filling up! We are excited to introduce some of our new moon medusae of the species Aurelia Aurita. 17 individuals are currently swimming around in our brand new tank and there are many more to come. Our aquarists are rearing the juveniles in our fishlab until they reach their full potential, ready for the big tank as you see in the picture. What do you know about jellyfish? Here are some fun facts about our jelly friends: They are present in nearly every ocean, they can reach a size of about 40 cm and they are carnivores and actually take on the colour of their ingested diet as their stomach rings are translucent.

Every year at Marine Savers we accept young Maldivians to take part in our apprenticeship program. . Here they take marine biology classes, assist us with our coral propagation, turtle rehabilitation, and aquarium projects, and also complete their own personal research project. . Hul Erm has just completed his apprenticeship with us, and presented to the panel of Marine Savers staff his final research project - an investigation into the most suitable environmental conditions for placement of our coral frames. . It was an honour to have him as part of the team and we wish him the best of luck with his future career in marine biology! . . . .

On the 5th of April 2019, Our team of Marine Biologists responded to a call from a guest, reporting an injured animal in the water. A two meter adult female tawny nurse shark had been spotted with a fishing line caught around its head and gills. . . 📸 and Thomas Fung .

Our coral restoration project racks on a transplantation process in which fragments are attached onto a frame to boost existing reef habitats and generate new ones. In the picture you can observe how Pocillopora fragments are slowly overgrowing the frame. Pocillopora is one of the main reef-builder, and it frequently propagates through natural fragmentation; it is therefore a great candidate for restoration efforts in this region. If environmental conditions remain stable corals will overlay the frame completely within years, depending on the different growth rate of the selected coral species.

Eros’s release day! After being found entangled in a ghost net with 3 other turtles by Club Med resort, he was brought to us for some rehabilitation. After a month of care he was ready to head back. Good luck Eros and stay away from those nets! 🐢 . . . . .

Our dear Bowser is back from surgery with ORP and Dr. Claire! After being entangled in a ghost net and suffering from a broken flipper, Bowser can now finish her recovery with us, before she heads back into the wild! . . . .

Coral spawning! You see all those little orange dots? They are actually coral gametes that are just about ready to be released from the coral species Acropora hyacinthus. With the full moon they release their gametes into the water to be taken by the tides. Hopefully they will form baby corals (planulae) and will be the next generation of reefs. It is hoped that they have the heat resistant genes to survive the warming ocean. 🌏🌞🌊🐠💙 . . . .

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Reefscapers is putting robotics and artificial intelligence to work to help save the coral reefs! It is no secret that the worlds reefs are under threat. In the fight for survival it is vital to collect reliable and consistent data to enable the development of successful restoration and management plans. They are developing a robot which will help marine scientists improve coral propagation techniques, which can be applied throughout the world! Find out more here:-

They’re back! The changing monsoon means it is Manta season again here in Baa Atoll. Did you know that the Maldives is home to the largest known population of Reef Mantas in the world! The Manta Trust estimate numbers around 5,000 individuals. . . . . . 📷 @salty_photo

In our monthly round-up, you're invited to fly over the lagoon at Kuda Huraa for a great aerial view of our Reefscapers coral frames at the water villas. And then head to the Fish Lab at Landaa to meet our new arrivals … juvenile flying fish!

Tao was found by Grand Park Kodhipparu back in December of 2018. He presented a broken flipper, a recent amputation and he had consumed a large amount of plastic, which he was lucky enough to pass. Acorn was found by Emperor Dive Laamu and Six Senses back in March. He was found entangled in a ghost net and had a swollen flipper as well as deep lacerations. Aan was found in North Male entangled with 3 other turtles, Aan was the only one that required rehabilitation as she presented deep lacerations and oother injuries. After care and treatment, they are ready to head back into the wild.

Meet Louise, a French marine biology student, currently living on the island of Landaa Giraavaru in the Maldives, to work on her Master’s thesis with the Reefscapers team. For her project, Louise will be assessing the growth rate of the coral frames that are located around the island as part of the reef restoration programme.

"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."

Dante was found entangled in a ghost net on the 23rd of March. He suffered from buoyancy syndrome and some injuries around his body. After a month of treatment and rehabilitation, Dante is ready to head back into the wild!

Our team of marine biologists responded to a call from Mr. Thomas Fung & Miss. Constance Fung, to aid a nurse shark in distress.

Our coral restoration project racks on a transplantation process in which fragments are attached onto a frame to boost existing reef habitats and generate new ones. In the picture you can observe how Pocillopora fragments are slowly overgrowing the frame. Pocillopora is one of the main reef-builder, and it frequently propagates through natural fragmentation; it is therefore a great candidate for restoration efforts in this region. If environmental conditions remain stable corals will overlay the frame completely within years, depending on the different growth rate of the selected coral species.

Eros was released the 24th of April. He was found entangled in a ghost net with three other individuals, suffering from lacerations and abrasions on his flippers and carapace. After spending a month with us in rehabilitation, he was ready to head back into the wild.

Titan and Styx were found by Club Med Kani couple of weeks ago. After some rehabilitation they are ready to go back!

Approximately 8 Million tonnes of synthetic waste 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.

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 marine life above and beneath the waves, and learn about turtle nest protection before meeting our rescue turtles, found entangled in ghost nets.

Koopa is ready to go back to the big blue! After a couple of weeks in rehab, and showing off her brand new metal tags, Koopa swims into the blue!

Dante was found entangled in a ghost net by our Four Seasons team, our Marine Biologist head out to rescue this little Olive Ridley Turtle!

Acorn was found by Emperor Dive and Six Senses Laamu, the 23rd of March. She is suffering from some lacerations on her front flippers. We hope she recovers soon, so she can head back into the wild!

Fishes like to aggregate at natural and artificial structures on the reef. A school of Blue Striped Snappers (Lutjanus kasmira) is gathering under one of the 4000 coral frames in Landaa Giraavaru which help to enrich the abundance of fishes we see around our island

Recently graduated, and looking for a foot on the career ladder? Currently temping, and wanting to rekindle your mojo? We have marine biology internships (3-months unpaid) starting this April and May, to help with our conservation programmes. 🐢 🐬 🐟 The right candidate may subsequently be offered a full-time role. Apply today, and we might be seeing you in a few weeks, right here in the Maldives! 🌴 🇲🇻 ️☀️

Coral was found entangled in a ghost net the 16th of March. Our team of Marine Biologist head out to rescue her!

Awesome opportunity: we have a job opening for a marine assistant at Kuda Huraa! Check out our website for more info.

Mode´s Release day is here! After spending two months in rehabilitation, this little Olive Ridley is ready to continue her journey in the big blue.

Yesterday morning we were able to release Chaaley, a beautiful olive ridley turtle, back to the ocean after being found entangled in a fishing net a few days before, at Landaa Giraavaru. . Luckily the wounds were superficial and she was diving and feeding fine, so she was ready to head back to the water. . Good luck little one!

The 19th of February we received rescued hatchlings from another island. They were all healthy and strong to face the big ocean. We released this little guys into the wild. Good luck greenies!

Spend some time with the Seahorses and Clownfish in our Fish Lab! Then see how the facial patterns of turtles change as they mature, and accompany a VIP patient for a medical checkup and an X-ray.

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 working here at Marine Savers 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.

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! 😃

Ruby´s big day is here! After being found by Gilli Lankan Fushi Staff memebers, she was brought to us with injuries on her front flippers. After two months of rehabilitation she is ready to head back out into the wild!

Big day for little Ethan as he heads into the wild!

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