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Marine Conservation in the Maldives

Marine Conservation in the Maldives

September was so full of activity! 🏃‍♀️From large presentations to local island visits, from egg-laden coral colonies to interviews with global TV crews 📺 … we didn’t have a spare second to come up for breath! 🤿
Luckily, we are a bunch of all-rounders, able to sub for each other in excursions and projects, so the upcoming coral spawning season will be all hands on the reef, day and night! 🌞 🌙

Maldivian Shrimps

Maldivian Shrimps

Come down to the Fish Lab to meet our Shrimps! 🦐
We have been expanding our Shrimp breeding program over recent months, and now have residents from five different family groups. We are studying and documenting the morphological differences between the different Shrimps, their eggs, and larvae, and hope to develop protocols to successfully breed them in our dedicated marine aquaria.

Marine Adventures

Marine Adventures

We have a packed report for you this month, direct from our teams of marine biologists at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Join us down in the Fish Lab, to look at marine life in our aquaria and under the microscope, and come along to a Symposium and Festival to learn about our latest coral research work.
And we launch our new 📢 Turtle Hotline 📞 for injured and stranded sea turtles.

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 …

🦇 Meet Kika and Moosa 🦇

🦇 Meet Kika and Moosa 🦇

We are going batty this month! 😁 Pop down to our Centre to meet our 2 baby orphaned fruit bats.
Meanwhile, we have checked off a few more items from our to-do list… from training new apprentices to coral frame formations; hatchling expeditions to local outreach, and more!
As we foster new connections, we believe that anything is possible… and hope we can inspire you to believe that, too. 🙏

Shona’s Chapter #2

Shona’s Chapter #2

It is now the final weeks of my marine internship, and the past three months have flown by!
We’ve been busy prepping to commemorate some special days for Shark Awareness, World Mangroves, and a PADI Womens’ Dive.
During our scuba and freediving sessions I have experienced some awe-inspiring encounters with marine life, including my first ever manta encounter, which was truly breath-taking!

Video Tour of our Marine Conservation Projects

Video Tour of our Marine Conservation Projects

Enjoy a video tour of our facilities, and learn about some of our marine conservation projects. 🐢
Simon welcomes you to our Marine Discovery Centre at Landaa Giraavaru, then Aku shows you around the Fish Lab. 🐡
You will also meet Kat (our turtle veterinarian) and Margaux (coral biologist) before joining Helen (marine biologist) on a cruise, taking photos for our Dolphin ID project. 🐬

Monica’s Chapter #2

Monica’s Chapter #2

My first month in Landaa went by so fast, and I’m back to tell you about my recent adventures. 🤿
I have started to lead snorkel and dolphin tours for the guests… my favourite activities include taking photographs of the dolphin fins for our ID Project. 🐬
Many Spinner dolphins later, I’ve been able to improve my photo skills, and now I even have a dolphin with my name! 📷

Marine Life Updates

Marine Life Updates

‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ is our monthly mantra! 🧘
It’s fun to have many hands underwater each day – transplanting corals, monitoring frames, and guiding snorkel trips (angry triggerfish aside!) 🐟
We all have individual responsibility to save this planet through our choices and actions, and together we achieve even more. 🤝
Our small team is but one drop in a vast ocean … 💧

May’s Monthly Musings

May’s Monthly Musings

May was a beautiful month, with both hot sun ☀️ and humid storms ⛈️ and we’re ready to embrace whatever the wind blows our way … good times ahead!
Many of the guests we interact with are on a marine mission to see megafauna! But sharing our passion for the tiny miracles in the sea is what really sets our souls on fire – a clownfish and its fluffy anemone, or the tiny polyps in a coral fragment. 💙

Monica’s Marine Life

Monica’s Marine Life

Hi, I’m Mônica, the new marine biology intern. Sea turtle conservation is one of my passions, and taking care of the turtles is one of my daily tasks here at Landaa’s Rescue Centre.
We currently have 5 patients, 3 Olive Ridley’s, an adult Hawksbill and a small Green turtle. Unfortunately, 3 of them cannot ever be released back to the wild due to permanent injury caused by entanglement in ghost nets.

Our Underwater Updates

Our Underwater Updates

Like an ocean dive with poor visibility, it can sometimes be hard to focus our work, so we concentrate on things that can make a real impact on the ocean. Our team works so well because we excel in both the office and the ocean, recognising that some calm water days might have sudden swells!
“Just as a wave is a movement of the whole ocean, you are the energy of the cosmos. Don’t underestimate your power.” – Deepak Chopra

Monthly Marine Musings

Monthly Marine Musings

So much has happened every single day this month, from a turtle nest rescue to epic guest excursions, to spending hours underwater transplanting corals… we are tired but wired! ⚡
We are truly blessed to call the Indian Ocean our home, rebuilding the reefs, focused on the moment when life becomes our playground. We are optimistic that all our new corals will thrive in these beautiful waters, expanding the biodiversity of the reefs. 💙

Marine Biology Updates

Marine Biology Updates

Our Reefscapers coral propagation program creates artificial reefs to extend the natural habitat for myriads of reef fish and countless invertebrate species.
Catch up with news of our Maldives sea turtle ID program, and meet our rescued sea turtle patients.
Then join us behind the scenes in the Fish Lab to learn about seahorses and jellyfish.

Updates From Our Marine Centres

Updates From Our Marine Centres

Updates from our resident marine biologists at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
This month, we release our Green turtle patients from the beach, and our tiny coral polyps continue to thrive, as part of our pioneering spawning work.
Then join Helen down in the Fish Lab, to learn about our breeding projects for fish and marine invertebrates.

Warm Welcome to 2022

Warm Welcome to 2022

Join us at Marine Savers, as we celebrate Xmas and welcome in the New Year …
Enjoy the holiday decorations, our underwater coral-themed festivities, and a visit from Santa!
Meanwhile, work is continuing in our Fish Lab, you can catch up with the Clownfish, and wave a fond farewell to 2 of our long-term Hawksbill turtles. 💚

November Updates

November Updates

This month, we wave a fond farewell to 2 of our longterm green turtles released from Kuda Huraa beach, and extend a warm greeting to our visiting partners from SEA LIFE (UK).
Take a look at bioluminescent zooplankton down the microscope, and meet the fishy new residents in our marine aquaria.
We continue our exciting coral spawning research, and join ‘April’ on her journey-of-a-lifetime.

Zooplankton Monitoring

Zooplankton Monitoring

In our Fish Lab, you can take a closer look at microscopic creatures, as part of our ongoing zooplankton ID study.
Plus, during October, we were very fortunate to witness a mass coral spawning event! 🧡
After careful observations of the corals, and referencing of the October-November moon and tides, we successfully harvested coral spawn directly from our coral frames.

Apprenticeships + Lionfish

Apprenticeships + Lionfish

Meet this year’s Four Seasons Apprentices, who are learning how to grow live aquarium foods for our fish specimens (including the new Lionfish).
Our videos feature turtle experts Ale and Dafne, explaining how ocean swims are an essential part of rehabilitating injured turtles. Meanwhile, our Reefscapers teams are restoring reefs, one coral frame at a time …

Turtle Tracker 📍 Endangered Species

Turtle Tracker 📍 Endangered Species

Raai was found badly entangled in a ghost net back in June. After 2 months of care at our Turtle Rescue Centre, we fitted a satellite tracker and waved him a « Bon Voyage ». Follow his journey on our interactive map as he crosses the ocean!
This month, we also started working on a new initiative alongside national colleagues and IUCN experts: a Maldives Red List of endangered marine species.