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Turtle Teamwork

Turtle Teamwork

Lost ‘ghost nets’ are adrift around the world’s oceans, creating a home for fish and marine life that attracts curious hungry turtles, which can easily become entangled in the ropes, lines and net filaments.
We are now in the NE monsoon season, and the prevailing ‘Iruvai’ winds bring many injured and entangled non-native Olive Ridley turtles into Maldivian waters.

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! 💙

Ocean Adventures

Ocean Adventures

A very busy month, as our teams monitor the latest spawning event on our house reefs and coral frames. Back in our Fish Lab, we record the development of coral embryos from fertilisation to settlement stage. 🪸
We also performed a daring mid-ocean rescue, saving not one but two injured sea turtles from entanglement in a single drifting ghost net. 🐢🕸️🐢

💙 Colourful Corals 🪸

💙 Colourful Corals 🪸

Join us for an exciting snorkel excursion, to swim over beautiful corals and to marvel at the marine biodiversity living on Maldivian reefs. 🪸
Back on shore, go behind the scenes at our turtle rescue centres to meet our rehabilitation patients, learn about their treatments, and wave Bon Voyage to Noonu fitted with a satellite tracking tag. 📍

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. 🪸

Back To School With Reefscapers

Back To School With Reefscapers

We invite you into the classroom, to join our Reefscapers teams in local outreach projects, educating the next generation of passionate marine biologists. 💙
And then catch up with our latest shrimp-breeding and mariculture projects in the Fish Lab, as we reveal the complex food chains necessary to feed the hungry residents in our marine aquariums. 🐠

Underwater Updates

Underwater Updates

This month, we invite you to join our teams underwater to explore the colourful marine biodiveristy of the Maldives! 🐠
We have guided snorkel tours and dolphin-spotting excursions, plus marine life presentations to bring you up to speed with all the local wildlife.
And then join our Reefscapers experts to make your very own dedicated coral frame. 🪸

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.

Marine Roundup

Marine Roundup

Catch up with our Reefscapers teams of marine biologists this month, working above and below the waves. 🌊
Join us down in the Fish Lab for some unique breeding experiments with ornamental shrimp, read about turtle patient Maw, and meet Sol underwater as he uses photo-transects to assess coral cover and diversity. 🪸

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 🐬

Time for Turtle Tales

Time for Turtle Tales

A busy time for our turtle teams this month, as we waved goodbye to our rescued and rehabilitated sea turtle patients.
You can also read about the latest mariculture project down in our Fish Lab, and join our Reefscapers coral teams as they assess the coral bleaching on our reefs caused by seasonally warmer ocean temperatures.

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… 💙

Coral Rescue

Coral Rescue

A busy month for Reefscapers, with a huge team effort working on an important coral rescue project.
In addition, we have several educational marine outreach programs, and ongoing coral bleaching surveys on our coral frames and the natural reefs.
Plus, there are updates from the sea turtle nests, found right here on the beaches of Landaa.

Adventures Underwater

Adventures Underwater

Join our Marine Savers teams underwater, as they monitor for signs of coral spawning on our Reefscapers frames. 🟠
On land, we study the common problem of ‘turtle buoyancy syndrome’, and our Junior Planktologists discover some fascinating creatures under the microscope. 🦠
We also attend the 2023 Addu Coral Festival to share knowledge with fellow national and international reef experts. 🪸

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.

Turtle Tales

Turtle Tales

Join our turtle teams as we care for our resident injured sea turtle patients. It’s a full time job treating their wounds, hand-feeding with special diets, and developing environmental enrichments.
Accompany our coral experts as they start monitoring for signs of coral bleaching, and then visit us down in the Fish Lab, where our research continues into the breeding cycles of various Maldivian shrimp species. 🦐