Sea Turtle Rehabilitation
At the close of April, in our Rehabilitation Centre at Landaa, we were caring for:
– three Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), one Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), one Green turtle (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 continue to care for Ari, our unreleasable (double-amputee) Olive Ridley turtle, from Landaa. She is eating well, her buoyancy appears to be improving, and she enjoys regular swims in the lagoon.
Sea Turtle Enclosure
The new shade for our ocean enclosure has finally arrived, and was successfully installed in early April. Artemis has just returned from a short period in the enclosure, and Maw is now taking a turn. Due to permanent injury (missing a vital front flipper), Maw can never be released back into the wild, but the enclosure is a good opportunity to stretch her remaining flippers. Maw was very excited to be introduced to the enclosure, and immediately started eating sea grass.
Turtle Nest Protection
On 16 March, we helped the Environment Ministry to relocate a Green turtle nest from a small beach in busy Malé city, to a new home on the perfect ‘Secret Beach’ at Kuda Huraa. We are monitoring the nest each day, and have installed fencing and burlap fabric for protection. We hope to see some hatchlings emerging from the sand around 15 May … see our next monthly report!