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Aurélien’s Chapter #2

Aurélien’s Chapter #2

After a few weeks assisting at our Turtle Rescue Centre, it was time to focus on the corals, to prepare for the bleaching event that was about to hit the Maldives and the whole Indian Ocean region.
We started our regular monitoring tasks, looking for signs of bleaching on colonies of different Acropora species. I was allocated the reef crest area, which is my favourite location because the reef slope allows you to see different species of sharks, our resident hawksbill turtles, and even some curious eagle rays.

Aurélien’s Adventures

Aurélien’s Adventures

Hi there! My name is Aurélien from France, and I’m the marine biology intern for Reefscapers at Kuda Huraa.
I was really excited about this new opportunity, having lived on tropical islands for more than two years, and only recently graduated in marine biology in June.
My first two months were intense, and we have been super busy with our turtle rehabilitation patients.

Thaís’ Turtle Tales

Thaís’ Turtle Tales

Catch up with Thaís, our resident turtle veterinarian here at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.
We rescue a stranded turtle from our reef, and we explore new treatments for buoyancy syndrome. Noonu, our satellite-tagged turtle, has an incredible journey spanning thousands of kilometers. Finally, learn about the perils turtles can face: accidental boat-strikes and ingesting plastic debris.

Stephanie’s Chapter #2

Stephanie’s Chapter #2

It’s my final week, and almost time to wave au revoir to all my new friends 👋
During my 3 month internship, I acquired a solid grounding in marine biology, worked on my own coral project, and experienced interesting guest-facing roles.
I will sincerely miss the whole Reefscapers and Resort teams… thank you for this extraordinary experience! 💙

Stephanie’s Marine Internship

Stephanie’s Marine Internship

Hi, my name is Stephanie, I’m from France and I am the new intern for Reefscapers at Kuda Huraa. 👋
I’ve just finished my first eventful month with the team. At the Marine Discovery Centre, we offer guests the chance to make their own coral frame, to help restore the island’s corals, and to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and the El Nino phenomenon. 🪸

Shyler’s Marine Internship

Shyler’s Marine Internship

Hi, my name is Shyler, the new marine biologist intern at Kuda Huraa. I have been helping to restore damaged corals, and educating our Resort guests about the marine wildlife they may encounter while visiting the Maldives. 🌴
I am also taking our turtle patient ‘Maw’ for ocean swims to build strength – she was found entangled in a ghost fishing net, missing two flippers and suffering from buoyancy syndrome.

Hailey’s Chapter #2

Hailey’s Chapter #2

Catch up with Hailey’s adventures as a marine biology intern at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa, before she waves a fond farewell to her new found friends.
She’s been busy helping with our Reefscapers coral propagation pyramids project, and there was also time for serene encounters with pilot whales and a very special young dolphin 🐬

Laura’s Coral Life

Laura’s Coral Life

Hi there! 👋 I’m Laura, the new Assistant Coral Biologist at Landaa Giraavaru. I was warmly welcomed by everyone in the Reefscapers team, and soon started harvesting fragments from colourful reefs 🪸 and photographing our mature coral frames.
I’m thoroughly enjoying all my first-time work experiences… night-snorkelling, coral spawning, caring for turtles, boat driving, teaching students… 💙

Carlo’s Corals

Carlo’s Corals

Hi there! 👋 I’m Carlo, the new Assistant Coral Biologist at Kuda Huraa. Having just graduated in Marine Sciences, this is the perfect opportunity to work in the field of marine conservation.
The crystal-clear Maldivian waters already feel like home, and my arrival coincided with a mesmerising coral spawning event. I am excited to be collecting data to better understand coral health and reef resilience to warming oceans.

Hailey’s Marine Internship

Hailey’s Marine Internship

Hello! My name is Hailey, and I am Kuda Huraa’s latest Reefscapers intern. I flew halfway around the globe to get here, and I can definitely say that it has been absolutely worth it. 💙
I am getting hands-on experience in coral restoration and field work, monitoring for coral spawning under a full moon, and treating our sick sea turtle patients rescued from entanglement in ghost netting.

Meet Shona, Coral Biologist

Meet Shona, Coral Biologist

I first joined Reefscapers’ internship program in May 2022, and I am now thrilled to be stepping into my predecessor’s coral shoes to take on new challenges!
I feel so lucky to spend countless hours in the water, maintaining our coral propagation program and collecting research data. Despite being here for a whole year now, I am still blown away by the incredible marine biodiversity that the Maldives offers. 💙

Tina’s Time at Marine Savers #2

Tina’s Time at Marine Savers #2

So much happened in my final weeks, I’m very excited to be able to share it with you!
My ‘Secret Beach’ corals idea was a great way to celebrate our loved ones, and it was very rewarding to lead such a large-scale event.
And we waved a fond farewell to sea turtle Michelangela, now recovered and released back into the ocean. 💙

Meet Edward, our Marine Biologist

Meet Edward, our Marine Biologist

Hi everyone! My name is Edward, and I’m the new Marine Biologist here at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru.
My focus is caring for the turtle patients in our Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. We currently have four residents – Frisbee, Maw, Artemis, and Xanchi, all of whom are victims of entanglement with ghost nets (discarded fishing gear) and suffering various injuries.

Tina’s Time at Marine Savers

Tina’s Time at Marine Savers

Hello! My name is Christina, and I’m the new Reefscapers intern at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa.
My marine journey started aged 7 with my diving-instructor father, when I saw a whale shark on my first ever snorkel! My first dive was here in the Maldives as a child, and I vowed to return someday… Having only just graduated with a Master’s in Marine Biology, I feel so incredibly lucky to be here. 💙

Alex – Marine Biologist, Maldives

Alex – Marine Biologist, Maldives

Hello there! My name is Alex, the newest Marine Biologist to have joined the Marine Savers team. In no time at all, I was enjoying the crystal-clear waters, exploring stunning new reefs.
On board the magnificent Four Seasons Explorer catamaran, I was privileged to traverse the atolls, exploring local islands, visiting picturesque sand banks, and descending to some of the world’s top dive sites with SCUBA lovers from around the globe. 💙

Gabriele’s Marine Internship

Gabriele’s Marine Internship

Hello! My name is Gabriele, marine biology intern for Marine Savers at Kuda Huraa.
Things have been hectic, with the admission of injured Olive Ridley turtles, rescued from entanglement in ghost nets.
I’ve been monitoring for coral spawning, and it’s amazing to see the secret nocturnal underwater marine life.
My 3D models of the island and reefs are starting to take shape.

Gesa’s Coral Spawning Story

Gesa’s Coral Spawning Story

What a month it has been! I have spent most of my time in the water, monitoring hundreds of coral frames around the island, and leading snorkel trips with guests. 🤿
Then there’s the seasonal coral spawning: tagging, gamete checks, checking for bundling, and literature research on spawning cues (tides, sunset, moonrise, temperature, etc). And then finally… the amazing spawning events themselves! 🧡🟠

Kelly At Kuda Huraa

Kelly At Kuda Huraa

As I finish my marine internship, I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone! 💙
Kuda Huraa now feels like home, and my days are spent monitoring coral frames, caring for our injured turtles, and leading snorkel trips. I am also researching ‘sea turtle buoyancy syndrome’ to improve our rehabilitation protocols to aid more turtles in the future.

Gesa’s Marine Blog

Gesa’s Marine Blog

A warm hello from our Marine Discovery Centre at Landaa Giraavaru. 💙 My name is Gesa, the new marine biology intern, supporting the Reefscapers coral team during their second spawning season of the year.
My first few weeks on site were packed with new ideas, from turtle care to Artemia production and dolphin cruises – it’s always great to broaden your skill set!

Kelly At Kuda Huraa

Kelly At Kuda Huraa

I’m Kelly, the newest Marine Biology Intern at Marine Savers. 👋
When I first caught sight of the turquoise-blue waters outside the plane window, I was speechless … photos cannot do these beautiful Maldivian islands justice. After a quick ferry ride, I was welcomed by the friendly faces of the people who would soon become my good friends. My marine adventures started the very next day, and there hasn’t been a dull moment since …