We have reached a very special milestone at Marine Savers: 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of our turtle rehabilitation work!
Way back in March 2010, an Olive Ridley turtle we named ‘Oceane’ initiated the turtle rehabilitation programme at Landaa Giraavaru. Missing a front flipper from an old injury and suffering from buoyancy problems, Oceane was found floating in open water by Landaa’s dive team and brought back to the resort for medical attention.
Guided by international turtle experts, Landaa’s marine biologists successfully nursed Oceane back to health over a four-month period. During this time, the team began implementing basic procedures to follow when rescuing injured sea turtles.
Several months later, another Olive Ridley turtle (‘Olivia’) suffering from head injuries was brought to our Rehabilitation Centre. Generous guest donations enabled the construction of a new large pool, allowing us to care for multiple patients at the same time in the country’s first dedicated turtle rescue centre.
In the 10 years that our Centres have been open, we have admitted 272 sea turtles, resulting in 155 successful releases. Our increased expertise in rescuing and rehabilitating stranded and injured sea turtles is making a modest but important difference to the regional decline in turtle populations.