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Our little corals have settled! Following on from the coral spawning, we have observed successful settlement! The planulae have chosen their ideal location on our offered substrate and have now metamorphosed into individual polyps! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ πŸŒŠπŸ’ͺ🏻 .

Yesterday, at Kuda Huraa, we had a visit from a wonderful group of young girls. These superstars spent their morning selling lemonade, cookies and other treats to raise money for our injured turtles! They were all so enthusiastic and excited to come visit us and help feed our turtles and learn more about them. From the bottom of our hearts we thank these girls for taking the initiative to do this for our marine life. They are a true inspiration to all of us, showing us that we can all make a difference! πŸ’πŸ’™ . . .

Yesterday we observed coral spawning in our aquariums! This species (Pocillopora verrucosa) is a brooding coral, which means it releases larvae as opposed to the separate release of eggs and sperm by broadcast spawning species. The larvae release is determined by the cycle of the moon and occurs after sunset. They typically have a brownish colour, due to the zooxanthellae that are ALREADY present at their release! πŸ˜±πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ πŸŒ™πŸŒŠπŸ”¬ .

The Maldivian Clownfish are often seen around our house reef. Clownfish have a unique symbiotic relationship with anemones, where the anemone provides a home for the clownfish and in return the clownfish keeps the anemone clean. At the Marine Discovery Centre we run a Maldivian Clownfish breeding programme. The aim is to encourage aquariums to purchase captive bred stock instead of taking from the wild. πŸ“· . . . .

Sadamo was admitted to our care on the 23/09/2019 after being found entangled in a ghost net by the Four Seasons Explorer crew. With the help of she was transferred to Kuda Huraa, where she spent 6 weeks at our rehabilitation centre recieving daily care and treatment. Yesterday, she was finally ready to head back into the wild! Visit our Facebook page to see the full video of her story! πŸ’πŸ’™ . . .

Every now and again, Landaa Giraavaru is visited by Manta rays, and a few weeks back some of the team were quick enough to join them for a swim πŸŠβ€β™‚. Joined by from the we were able to get some footage and ID shots. Manta rays have unique spot patterns on their ventral side which allow them to be distinguished from one another. Of the 3 Mantas spotted on this occasion 2 have been seen before, a young male (picture 1) who has was first spotted back in 2018 (but is yet to be added to the manta trust data base) and a mature female named Tuffy (photo 3). You can tell she is mature due to the presence of mating scars shown in photo 2. The 3rd individual (photo 4) is yet to be matched in the data base and may be a new individual! Such a great experience to be joined by these gentle giants. πŸ“·: πŸ“Ή: .jimmy

Weighing in at up to 19,000kg, and reaching lengths of over 18m, it is no wonder the Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) holds the title of β€˜the worlds largest fish’. These beautiful gentle giants are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN red list, due to continued hunting in some areas of Asia. They can sometimes be spotted up here with us in Baa, as they filter feed for plankton, and we have enough for both the mantas and the whale sharks! Other great areas to find them include South Ari atoll (Maldives), Ningaloo (Aus) and the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico) . . . . .

What an awesome and rare chance to get help from a professional team (Powder blue surgeonfish) cleaning our frames and coral when we did our regular coral monitoring. Music: FesliyanStudios. Com

The spinner dolphins are out in full force in the waters of Baa atoll at the moment...putting on an amazing show for our marine biologists and guests on board! . We have been able to get lots of ID shots of their dorsal fins, which helps us to learn more about the population size and dynamics, and habitat use of the cetaceans in the area. . πŸ¬πŸ³πŸ‹πŸ¬πŸ³πŸ‹ . . . . πŸ“· .

On the 21st of August 2018, a Hawksbill turtle nest hatched on Four Seasons private island, Vovah. However, due to a yolk sac infection, Muffin was not strong enough to make it to sea. He was found stranded on the beach and sent to Marine Savers at Four seasons Kuda Huraa for rehabiliatation. After spending some time with us getting healthier and stronger, muffin was ready to head back to the wild! πŸ’πŸ’™ . πŸ“Ή . . .

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