The net was replaced, and the new shading installed, ready for the careful introduction of one or more of our rehabilitating turtles. Our large oceanic enclosure enables the turtle patients to develop and improve their swimming and diving skills, necessary before release back into the wild. Read the full story of our ocean enclosure.
Rescue and Rehabilitation
By the close of January, we were caring for 6 Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in our Rehabilitation Centre at Landaa.
At Kuda Huraa, our totals were 2 Olive Ridleys, plus 25 rehabilitating hatchlings: 8 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and 17 Hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata). We also waved a <<bon voyage>> to Toby, who had been under our care for 18 months.
Plans are on schedule for our “unreleasable” rescue turtle “April” to fly to a new permanent overseas home during the month of April 2021 as part of our ongoing Flying Turtles program. We are working with the aquarium to finalise the CITES import permit, to arrange transport logistics (Turkish Airlines) and to complete all the relevant Maldives government paperwork (EPA, Customs, Ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture).