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Guests on the sunset dolphin cruise this week were incredibly lucky to see a pod of around 20 Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus)!! Sperm whales are a very rare sight around here as they are oceanic creatures and usually spend their time far from shore. Sperm whales have the biggest brain of any animal known to have ever lived on Earth and they can grow up to 20m. What an amazing sight to witness!

Today is Release day for Indra! She arrived in July of 2018 to our center entangled in a ghost net, as well with a significant amount of plastic in her stomach! She is very special as she is presenting characteristics of a green turtle and a hawksbill turtle making her a hybrid! We have taken DNA samples of Indra to confirm our theory! 🐢 ❤️ . . . . . 📷

Trooper has been busy this past couple of months! Working together with and we were able to start the process of getting him customized prosthetics flippers so he can have a more natural swim. It’s just the beginning of his story, stay tuned for more updates! 🐢 . . . . . 📷

It is always a delight to observe the regeneration of our reefs! These pictures were taken approximately 2 years after the mass bleaching event of 2016. There is hope for the most biologically diverse marine habitat on earth, but how fast can coral reefs recover before the next bleaching event?

The ampullae of Lorenzini are modified parts of the lateral line system and are primarily sensitive to electrical fields. They help a shark sense the activities of a prey item, avoid predators, detect a mate, geonavigation and even communication! It also means they can detect a 😂 . . . . . 📷

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🐟 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

Meet Léa, who joined us from France for her marine biology internship. She was soon helping to care for our turtle rescue patients, and learning about the Clownfish breeding programme. Léa then took a closer look at our Reefscapers project, to study coral fragments down the microscope ...

Pop in to our Discovery Centres, to see the new inhabitants in our marine aquariums, and have a look behind the scenes in the Fish Lab, to see how we produce food for our baby Clownfish – algae, rotifers and artemia. Then join the local school students on an Immersion Tour, as they learn about the marine environment and make their very own Reefscapers coral frames.

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> Are you looking for work experience to follow your passion and qualifications in marine biology? > Are you enthusiastic and hard-working, but need a foot on the ladder? Then you might be the person we are looking for! We have a vacancy for an Assistant Coral Biologist, 6 months initially. Apply now (download the form) and be ready to start in November! ☀️🌴🐠

Watch and listen at this funny pod of short-finned pilot whales encountered last week by our marine biologist with the Explorer team while cruising in between Goidhoo and Baa Atolls. These marine mammals emit complicated vocalizations which include echolocation, clicks whistles and pulse sounds. Their whistles range in dominant frequency from 2 to 14 kHz (UNIV of Rhode island, 2018). Video credit: Muhammadh Shakeeb

On the 6th of September, Naiko was released at Kuda Huraa. After spending 11 months in our care, he was ready to continue his journey into the big blue. Good Luck Little one!

Great day for our marine biologists on board of Four Seasons Explorer for the Manta expedition organised by Manta Trust.

Tori waves “goodbye” to some rescue turtle friends, and dives with mantas for the very first time! 🙂

We’re in the middle of Manta season, and we have some great photos to share with you! 🙂 Join us for the national Marine Symposium held at Malé University, and learn about our small marine aquaria. We also welcomed groups of students and teachers from neighbouring local islands, for an insight into the inner workings at our Centre.

The video of the lucky Taïssya, released on August 3rd 2018. This Olive Ridley juvenile only spent few days at the rehabilitation center after she was found entangled in a ghost net near Soneva Jani. The rescued was done on time as Taïssya was able to dive few days after and showed only superficial injuries. We wish her good luck for her journey back to the ocean. Audrey Cartraud Carla Di Santo Léa Le Berre

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 ! 😀 🌴 🇲🇻 ️☀️

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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. Risso’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, there’s an exciting trip to Baa Atoll in search of mantas, and we discover some of Aku’s clownfish secrets down in Landaa’s Fish Lab …

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