Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
At the close of March, in our Rehabilitation Centre at Landaa, we were caring for:
– four Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), one Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), two Green turtles (Chelonia mydas).
– see the corkboard (bottom of page) for more details of the turtles’ rescues and subsequent treatments.
At our Turtle Rescue Centre at Kuda Huraa, we welcomed Ari, our unreleasable (double-amputee) Olive Ridley turtle, from Landaa.
Turtle Nest Protection
On 16 March, we assisted with the emergency relocation of a Green sea turtle nest, in partnership with Maldives Environment Ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency. The turtle had been spotted laying eggs on a small stretch of sand in Malé City at around 04:00am. The authorities alerted our Marine Savers turtle experts, and we prepared a new nest on a suitable stretch of beach here at Kuda Huraa.
The eggs arrived by speed launch at 07:00am and were quickly and carefully buried in their new nest. Hopefully, we might see some hatchlings emerging from the sand in around 8 weeks’ time (15 May). 🤞