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Yesterday we rescued Coral, a female adult Olive Ridley, from our own house reef. She was entangled in a mass of fishing nets that likely washed in with the storms. She luckily escaped major injury but did show signs of dehydration and a swollen flipper. Coral should recover quickly so we can release her back to the big blue. Stay tuned for updates! . . .

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! . ๐Ÿ“ท .the.deep.blue . . . .

Its bellaโ€™s day. She was found by guests on a fishing trip completely entangled in a ghost net. She had injuries to front flippers but they weren't deep and she could dive. After spending some time in our rehabilitation center bella is ready to go back to the ocean. Good luck ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿ“ท.the.deep.blue

Introducing our newest patient named Lucky. Lucky is an Olive Ridley sea turtle with a deformity on his carapace and left front flipper. He has difficulty swimming and loses his balance in water where he cannot touch the bottom. For now he can practice his swimming in very shallow water. This case is particularly interesting given that Olive Ridley sea turtles do not commonly nest here in the Maldives. He is also our first Olive Ridley hatchling patient.๐Ÿข๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒ . . .

Did you know that spinner dolphins can laterally spin up to 7 times with every leap they make out of the water? . There are a number of theories of why they do this, including to rid themselves of parasites, to serve as a courtship display or just for fun. . Join us on one of our dolphin cruises to see this marvellous spectacle for yourself! ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿณ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿฌ . . .

Beautifully dangerous. Here we have a crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) on one of our coral frames. These very large starfish are not only harmful to humans as they have poisonous spikes but are also voracious corallivores. The stomach secretes digestive enzymes that allow the starfish to absorb nutrients from liquefied coral tissue. Outbreaks of these starfish can be devastating to coral reefs which is why we do regular removals. The starfish is then placed in freshwater and discarded of. ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜ฉ . . .

Ethanโ€™s big day is here! After spending time in rehabilitation, he is ready for the wild! Soon realizing it was the open ocean, he took off into the blue! ๐Ÿข โค๏ธ . . . . .

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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. ๐Ÿข ๐Ÿฌ ๐ŸŸ 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! ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป ๏ธโ˜€๏ธ

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.

Modeยดs 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. Iโ€™m 25 years old and I graduated from my Masterโ€™s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Algarve. I have been working here at Marine Savers for 5 weeks so far, and Iโ€™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. ๐Ÿข Then take a tour of the Fish Lab โ€“ see how our marine aquarium corals have been growing, read our roundup of 2018, and take a close look at some Clownfish eggs โ€ฆ as they appear to look right back at you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Rubyยดs 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!

Meet Juliet, our latest marine biology intern joining us all the way from the U.S. of A. Juliet goes hands-on with our Green turtle hatchlings and injured Olive Ridley patients, and is soon helping with our marine presentations and guest safaris โ€ฆ both above and below the waves.

Are you a marine biology graduate looking for valuable work experience? ๐ŸŸ We currently have 3-month internships (unpaid) starting in February and March 2019. โ˜€๏ธ If you are passionate about conservation and interested in sea turtle husbandry ๐Ÿข coral reef restoration and guest hospitality ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป then download our application form for more details. Good luck, and we might be seeing you in just 6 weeks! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐ŸŒด

Come and join us down in the Fish Lab for some interesting stories โ€ฆ our baby Clownfish are developing unique patterns, and one of our male seahorses has given birth! We have updates from our turtle experts about beach nests and the national turtle ID project, and thereโ€™s an open invitation to meet the injured turtle patients and hatchlings in our rehabilitation centre.

The 21st of December, Chilli went back into the wild! Good luck little fella!

This year we got a lot of friendly juvenile blacktip sharks coming to hunt small fish on Landaa shores. Some of them have shown atypical skin pigmentation. These case have already been reported in Baa Atoll as probably leucism (Brukner and Coward, 2018). A genetic alteration in melanin production, inbreeding within isolated populations, facing environmental stress associated with areas of high human activity, and exposure to elevated temperatures (Gervais et al. 2016)...

Turtle Safari in Baa Atoll: We observed a Hawksbill Turtle on one of our marine biology snorkel trips chewing on some sponges, their favourite food! This species has often been hunted for its carapace which has been used for souvenirs and to make jewelries and other utensils in many parts of the world. Here in Baa Atoll we see them commonly on our house reef and our snorkel trips.

In October we were excited to receive our new sea enclosure, to help with the rehabilitation of our resident injured turtle patients. It has already proved a great success, with several of our turtles spending time stretching their flippers out in the safety of the lagoon. Thank you to our valued guests who kindly sponsored this new facility for our turtle rescue centre. ๐Ÿ’™

In case you missed it, catch up with our report on the First Manta Festival, organised by the Manta Trust and dedicated to the young Maldivian generation. Manta rays are an incredibly valuable asset to Baa Atoll, home to the world famous Hanifaru Bay, so these graceful and majestic animals make the perfect mascot for an educational day dedicated to celebrating marine life.

Saphireโ€™s incredible experiences continue this month, with something really special on safari โ€ฆ Whilst night-snorkelling, thereโ€™s parrot fish, lobster and Hawksbills out on the reef, and back on dry land we have another turtle nest discovered on the beach. Finally whilst out on safari, thereโ€™s not only a pod of Pilot Whales but also a very rare sighting of Sperm whales! ๐Ÿ’™

Take a look at our regenerating starfish, and then venture into the Fish Lab to meet our baby Nemo Clownfish with a unique pattern! We welcome students from the MNU in Malรฉ, and investigate the bleaching of sea anemones. Then you can discover another Green turtle nest on the beach right here at Landaa, and encounter an unusual marine specimen in the lagoon (can you guess what it is??)

Pine Cone and Smash are ready for the big blue!

Snoopy came to us back in February after being found enangled in a ghost net by Six Senses Laamu. Due to the severe injuries, we had to amputate his front left flipper. After several months of rehabilitation, Snoopy is ready to go back into the wild!

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Saphire has settled in to her new life as a marine biologist, and in month 2 sheโ€™s been busy leading our guest excursions and snorkel safaris. Itโ€™s a busy time in our turtle rescue centre, with some happy and some sad news this month. And Saphire shares some once-in-a-lifetime photos of her incredible time on the Manta Trust research boat โ€ฆ

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