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Tiger sharks can reach a length over 5 meters and are found in many tropical and temperate waters around the world. Its name comes from the beautiful stripped pattern on his body, which resemble a tiger’s pattern. They can also be found in the Maldives, although sightings are rare, in some southern locations they are pretty common.🦈💙 . . . . 📷

Little Tao came to us in December entangled in a ghost net, missing the right front flipper and a fracture in the left one. Tao has also been a victim of plastic pollution, she has been excreting many small pieces of hard plastic and fishing net. She has since started to rest in the bottom of her pool, gradually recovering from her injuries. We hope that Tao will be able to return to the ocean in the not so distant future. 🐢 . . . . . 📸

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)...

Stuck for a christmas gift? Looking for a unique and memorable present for someone that also helps marine life? Online sponsorship for our coral frames is now available at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru. They will receive a unique number tag and a dedication tag of your choice, along with an update on how its growing every 6 months! If you would like to give someone their very own small coral reef you can find more information at http://marinesavers.com/coral-frame-sponsorship/ or email us at coralbiologist.mal.com 🐟🐠🐙 . . . .

November 24th was a legendary day at Dharavandhoo for the First Manta Festival! Marine Savers were proud to be involved, with our own stall and lots of ocean-themed games designed to increase awareness of the many threats faced by Maldivian sea turtles. It was a great success, with attendance from 11 schools across Baa Atoll, and hundreds of excited school children playing and learning for the whole day! Many thanks and congratulations to the Manta Trust for an enjoyable and successful festival ... we hope to see everyone again next year!

This little Olive Ridley was found entangled in a ghost net near our House reef by some of our guests. He/she was lucky enough to not have severe lacerations due to the net. We hope for a rapid recovery and a December release! . . . . . 📸

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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 … both above and below the waves.

Are you a marine biology graduate looking for valuable work experience? 🐟 We currently have 3-month internships (unpaid) starting in February and March 2019. ☀️ If you are passionate about conservation and interested in sea turtle husbandry 🐢 coral reef restoration and guest hospitality 🇲🇻 then download our application form for more details. Good luck, and we might be seeing you in just 6 weeks! 😃 🌴

Come and join us down in the Fish Lab for some interesting stories … 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 there’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. 💙

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.

Saphire’s incredible experiences continue this month, with something really special on safari … Whilst night-snorkelling, there’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, there’s not only a pod of Pilot Whales but also a very rare sighting of Sperm whales! 💙

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 Malé, 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 she’s been busy leading our guest excursions and snorkel safaris. It’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 …

Take a look inside our large marine aquarium and meet the new residents, and then join us in the lagoon as we release some lab-bred clownfish into the wild. Keep a look out for some fresh turtle nests right here on the beach at Landaa, and then head out on safari to learn about ‘Snow’, a very unusual dolphin …

🐟 We have a rare and exciting opportunity for an Aquaculture Expert to join our busy team of marine biologists in January 2019. 🦀 🐠 If you are a qualified aquarist, experienced in tropical fish breeding & aquarium maintenance, then simply apply before 03-November, and you could be starting the New Year with us in the Maldives! 🌴

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We have an exciting new vacancy for a full time Marine Biologist, to help with our conservation programmes. Apply before 5th November, and you could be celebrating Xmas and New Year in the sun! ☀️🌴🐢🐬

In preparation to catch their prey, fish larvae form an “S” shape with their bodies. This behaviour allows them to propel themselves forward at great speeds and increases their hunting success! Watch the hunting behavior of our clownfish larvae. Carla Di Santo

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