Happy Birthday Baby Green Turtles!
Kuda Huraa’s longest-staying guests celebrated their first birthday in June thanks to the Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Programme.
Ashy, Rambo and Pickle – along with their siblings from Kuda Huraa’s first protected turtle nest – celebrated their first birthday in inimitable Four Seasons Style. Guests and marine biologists united to play games, listen to celebratory bodu beru drumming, and share the enormous ‘turtle cake’ baked by the Resort’s chefs, while children presented special birthday cards they’d made at kids club. It was a great celebration that also recognised the sterling efforts of Kuda Huraa’s Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Programme (jointly established with Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru), which works with island communities across the Maldives to monitor and protect Maldivian sea turtles.
Julie the Hawksbill Turtle
Found drifting motionless by a resort in South Male Atoll on July 30th, ‘Julie’ the hawksbill turtle was brought to Kuda Huraa’s Marine Centre for rehabilitation. She was suffering from severe dehydration, malnutrition and had a deep laceration on her right front flipper, probably caused by a fishing net. We administered fluids to her for two weeks to rehydrate her and treated her wounded flipper for two months until it healed. After a week of force-feeding, Julie started eating by herself. By 17th October, she had fully recovered and was ready to be released back to the ocean. Bon voyage Julie – we look forward to seeing you on a future sea turtle monitoring dive!
Sea Turtle Monitoring Dive
Kuda Huraa’s MDC team has recently introduced a new weekly activity: the Sea Turtle Monitoring Dive takes place every Saturday from 08:30 to 12:30. It sees guests grabbing an underwater camera and data collection slate and joining the marine team on their pioneering weekly monitoring dive as they strive to build the Maldives’ first national inventory of sea turtles.