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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 donโ€™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??!! . . ๐Ÿ“ธ

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!โ€

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 ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿข . . . ๐Ÿ“ธ

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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 ! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

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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. Rissoโ€™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, thereโ€™s an exciting trip to Baa Atoll in search of mantas, and we discover some of Akuโ€™s clownfish secrets down in Landaaโ€™s Fish Lab โ€ฆ

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Another month has flown by at Kuda Huraa, and itโ€™s been one of new experiences and wonderful surprises for Tori. Weโ€™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 โ€ฆ

Help our apprentices, as they get hands-on with our marine โ€˜touch poolโ€™, 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 ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿข . . . ๐Ÿ“ธ@alex_thomson94

Tori welcomes some tiny turtle hatchlings to our 'Head Start' programme, and waves a ยซBon Voyageยป 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! ๐ŸŒด

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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 ! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

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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.

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