Algae – culture is consistently cycling
Artemia – production is keeping up with the demand of the main tank at 4.5g of cysts a day. We increased our adult Artemia to supply food for our newest arrival, Britney the Boxfish
Rotifers – volume saw a small drop but recovered quickly
Jellyfish – Aurelia aurita
The population of jellyfish in the main tank is stable. We started a new batch of jellyfish, producing 432 ephyra for growing-out.
Megafauna and Marine Life in the Maldives
At Landaa, our Marine Discovery Immersion Tour was enjoyed by 38 visitors during September. We also confirmed a total of 177 bookings for 33 excursions guided by our team members, with the most popular activities being the Dolphin Cruise followed by the Guided Adventure Snorkel.
At Kuda Huraa, 244 bookings were taken for a total of 32 guided marine excursions, including the Dolphin Cruise and numerous adventure snorkel trips. From our turtle sightings data collated over the past several years, we can see that populations of hawksbill sea turtles seems to be slowly declining. Hawksbill sightings are also seasonal, as the turtles seem to prefer calmer reefs during the monsoon season and then return to their original feeding grounds.
Amidst the manta season, our dives have recorded 37 individuals at local cleaning stations this month, as well as a large squadron of circling mobula rays, and an incredible display of 100 grey reef sharks cruising along the reef wall. Other notable megafauna sightings included 30 tawny nurse sharks (Nebrius ferrugineus) and 30+ pink whiptail rays (Pateobatis fai).