Fish Lab & Marine Aquaria
For our Clownfish breeding pairs, we are continuing with the improved diet of Mysis (a kind of zooplankton, freshly collected and frozen a few months ago from Voavah reef). We have also given the juveniles a more complex environment to interact with and to provide shelter (consisting of coral structures, tubing and plant pots).
Our new breeding pair of ‘Common Clownfish’ (Amphiprion ocellaris) has spawned twice this month; the first batch of eggs failed to hatch, so we are eagerly waiting for the second batch.
The production of plankton has improved this month (following a contamination of rotifers) which has been important to satisfy the appetites of the adult Artemia shrimp, grown as food for the seahorses and juvenile Clownfish.
In Aquarium one, five of the Maldivian clownfish (Amphiprion nigripes) have now claimed the Flowerpot coral (Goniopora sp.) as their ‘anemone’. The sun coral (Tubastraea sp.) has been wedged between the rocks on the left side of the aquarium, offering more shade. We also have a new juvenile scorpion fish (Scorpaena sp.) that was accidentally captured during the collection of coral fragments [photo].
The original regenerating starfish (Linckia sp.) continues to grow at a reduced rate, and the new starfish arm has shown a small amount of measurable growth.
Aquarium two had a few coral additions this month, including two new colonies collected from the reef crest (colonies of Favia and Platygyra species).
Starfish regenerating from a single arm (Linckia sp.)
The first 2 images show the new arm, which we expect to continue to grow in a similar way to the original arm (subsequent 4 images).
Sea Turtle Conservation
National Marine Sea Turtle Identification Project
Photo submissions consist of close-up photographs of the turtle facial profile, which has a unique identifiable pattern in each individual (like human fingerprints).
We received 18 submissions during February from around the Maldives, and uniquely identified 9 new Hawksbill turtle individuals (plus 5 confirmed re-sightings) and 1 new Green turtle individual (plus 1 re-sighting). (Photo: Hawksbill #EI1128).
This brings our database totals of positively identified individuals to 1132 Hawksbills 193 Greens. A big THANK YOU to all our contributors. 🙂 Spotted a turtle? Submit your photos
Turtle Nest Protection
We are committed to protecting turtle nests around the Maldives, and giving turtle hatchlings the very best chance in life.
In this short video, we are releasing Green Turtle hatchlings into the open ocean, away from the dangers found on the beach (herons, crabs) and the coral reef (predatory fish and small sharks).
Found a possible turtle nest, or encountered some disoriented hatchlings on the beach? Contact us for advice and assistance.
Further News & Updates
You might also be interested in our Dolphin ID Project, and our Sea Turtle Enclosure out in the lagoon at Landaa.
Looking for details of our coral propagation programme ?
Head over to our Reefscapers 2019 Diary for all the latest updates.
You can sponsor your own dedicated Coral Frame, and then see how it grows in the future by viewing the photo updates every 6 months, as part of our Coral Frame Collection.
Left: Reefscapers coral frames at Kuda Huraa water villas.
Right: Junior Marine Savers learn the importance of corals.