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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!”

A few of our biologists were lucky enough to be able to attend the Lhaviyani Turtle Festival! This annual festival offers the opportunity to create awareness within the local community for ocean conservation and more specifically, that of Turtles. All stall decorations were made from up-cycled materials and emphasis was placed on single use plastics and their effects on the environment. . . . . .

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 πŸ’™πŸŒπŸŒŠπŸ’ . . . πŸ“Έ

Today we Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day! πŸ’πŸ’™In honor of our flippered friends, we conducted a reef clean with the Marine Savers and Dive team at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. Help us keep our ocean clean by doing your part at home, every bit counts! How can you help! - Saying No, to plastic straws. -Recycle, bring your own fabric bags from home when shopping. -Use a Reusable water bottle. -Place your trash at the bin not the beach. During our Reef clean, we spotted 3 Green Sea Turtles, 2 Octopus, 1 Stingray and more. Around their area we collected rubbish and removed it from the ocean. . . .

Giant Moray Eels (Gymnothorax javanicus) are quite common on the reefs around the Maldives. Did you know that Moray eels have poor eyesight and rely on an excellent sense of smell to hunt their prey! πŸ“· . . . . .

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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 β€˜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 πŸ’™πŸŒπŸŒŠπŸ’ . . . πŸ“Έ@alex_thomson94

Tori welcomes some tiny turtle hatchlings to our 'Head Start' programme, and waves a Β«Bon VoyageΒ» to Stevie, our 25kg rescue Olive Ridley, equipped with her very own satellite tag!

All our latest updates, including news on all 6 Green Turtle nests on the beach right here at Landaa! 🌴

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Join Tiana on Turtle Safari and then help with our Reefscapers coral frame monitoring out in the lagoon.

We currently have an opening for a 3-month marine biology internship (unpaid) starting 10 July 2018. Recent graduates looking to pursue further studies can download our application form for more details. Good luck, and we might be seeing you in 6 weeks ! πŸ˜€ 🌴 πŸ‡²πŸ‡» οΈβ˜€οΈ

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Eddy, was found by Six Senses Laamu entangled in a ghost net, back in February. She had injuries in both front flippers and carapace. After 3 months of care with our Marine Biologist, Eddy was ready to go back into the wild! We wish the best to Eddy on his new journey!

Raanee a resident turtle at Bandos island,was found by Marine Biologist at Bandos Resort in North Male Atoll. She was brought to us as she was entangled in a ghost net and was badly injured. After amputating her front flipper due to damage from the net, Raanee started diving and resting at the bottom of the pool without a problem. After 2 months of recovery, she is ready to go back into the ocean.

The sixth and last sea turtle nest hatched on May 19th. This marked the end of the fairy saga we have lived in Landaa Giraavaru, protecting the six nests laid by a green turtle. All our efforts of monitoring and conservation have led a total of 360 healthy hatchlings sea turtles to find a safe way to the ocean and 16 weaker babies to join the rearing centre at Kuda Huraa to give them best chance of survival.

76 green turtle hatchlings were released today, measuring around 4.6 cm and weighting 22 g. Made in Landaa! Nest . .πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’πŸ’

Come and meet the rescue turtles down at our Marine Discovery Centres. πŸ’š The first few months of each year are always very busy, with more turtles being found trapped in drifting ghost fishing nets due to the seasonal ocean currents.

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On April 20th we released Stevie, a female Olive Ridley Turtle with a Satellite track device. Stevie spend 2 months with us, after being found entangled in a ghost net in Laamu Atoll. After overcoming her problems, she was able to dive and rest at the bottom of the pool. We will be able to track her movements and see where she is heading next. Keep track of Stevie on our webpage!

Γ€ good awareness can make the difference! Marinesavers is proud of the actions taken by some staff members at the resort to save sea turtles. All the turtles in this video were found entangled in abandoned fishing nets and were destined to a certain death. Although we don't have the power to reduce the ghost nets threat at the source, we can minimize the impact here by forming an army of marine rescuers. Stop and help if you find an entangled turtle. If you cannot release contact one of the rehabilitation centers below: Baa Atoll - Landaa Giraavaru, Marinesavers - +960 66 00 888. Baa Atoll - Coco Palm, Olive Ridley project - +960 955 2205. North Male Atoll - Kuda Huraa, Marinesavers - +960 66 44 888. Lhaviyani Atoll - Naifaru, Atoll Marine centre - +960 743 4782.

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