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Our Flying Turtles Program ✈️

Our Flying Turtles Program ✈️

Some of our rescue turtles are unable to be released due to the severity of their permanent injuries. Turtles suffering from long-term ‘buoyancy syndrome’ and those with missing flippers are vulnerable in the ocean and would struggle to find food.
Ongoing, we try to re-home these patients to overseas aquariums, to receive a high standard of lifelong care, and to act as global ambassadors about the threats that sea turtles face.

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! 🌞 🌙

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 …

Coral Spawning 2022 (Jul-Dec)

Coral Spawning 2022 (Jul-Dec)

Join our Reefscapers coral biologists on their scientifically fascinating and colourful journey! 🧡
Our teams have experienced a busy few months researching coral spawning here in the Maldives. Take a closer look at our unique macro photographs, and read how we collected coral eggs from our frames, to successfully grow coral polyps in our laboratory aquarium.

🦇 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!

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. 💙

Callum’s Chapter 2

Callum’s Chapter 2

The past 6 weeks have been a fantastic learning experience. Our coral work has really stepped up a gear, and I’ve been helping to relocate new coral frames to the House Reef. We’ve been busy retransplanting coral fragments onto the shallow-water frames, and monitoring for signs of coral spawning in the evenings.
It is very encouraging to see how many of our corals have survived this year’s seasonally warm ocean temperatures.

Shona’s Marine Adventures

Shona’s Marine Adventures

Hi, my name is Shona and I am the new Marine Savers intern at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. I am super excited to be diving (quite literally) back into the world of marine biology, and have so far been welcomed by eagle rays and blacktip reef sharks!
I continue to be amazed by the incredible diversity of marine life, although I do have a long way to go before becoming an expert in species identification.

Meet Erin, Marine Centre Manager

Meet Erin, Marine Centre Manager

“Just how did a winter-sport-loving Canadian become a tropical marine biologist?” I always enjoy sharing the unorthodox path that brought me from snowy mountains to these coral reefs. 🧜
It’s a serenely beautiful experience to walk the length of our island each morning, watching the sting rays and marvelling at the sunrise, and it’s a privilege to be working in these world-renowned turquoise-blue waters every day. 💙

Callum’s Diary

Callum’s Diary

The Maldives had always seemed a mythical place of manta rays and whale sharks, but when I boarded the Four Seasons boat and saw the brilliant blue ocean (and several flying fish!) … I knew that I had finally arrived.
Within minutes of starting my very first snorkel, I spotted 3 blacktip reef sharks and 2 hawksbill turtles swimming on the reef. I was well and truly hooked on this magical underwater world …

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

Bethany’s Chapter #2

Bethany’s Chapter #2

March has flown by, and I can’t believe I have been here two months already. We have had the arrival of my first turtle patient, an Olive Ridley amputee named Ari, with a BIG personality!
Having dug my first relocated beach nest (hard work!), I now have a new found respect for female turtles’ excavation capabilities.
And I find time to visit the local island of Bodu Huraa, to explore the rock pools and mangroves.

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. 💙

Bethany’s Biology Blog

Bethany’s Biology Blog

Hi, I’m Bethany, the newest marine biology intern at Kuda Huraa. Leaving on a rainy February day in Scotland to arrive in the Maldives with blue skies, white sands, and thirty-degree heat felt like I was dreaming!
I have seen marine life of all colours, shapes and sizes … from sharks and eels, to spinner dolphins and sea turtles, plus all the reef fish you can imagine… it’s difficult to know where to look!

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.

Laura’s Chapter 3

Laura’s Chapter 3

Enjoy Laura’s final blog chapter as our marine biology intern here at Kuda Huraa.
It’s all-hands-on-kayak, as we paddle across the lagoon to relocate some coral frames, bathed in glorious seasonal sunshine and blessed with excellent visibility underwater. The conditions are perfect for training our new marine biologist, Bethany.
Thanks for all your help, Laura … missing you already. 💙

Marine Biologist, Charlie

Marine Biologist, Charlie

Meet our Marine Biologist Charlie, originally from the UK, who spent his childhood in New Zealand and enjoyed life in the Bahamas as a young fisherman and free diver.
Charlie soon gets hands-on with our Reefscapers coral propagation program at Kuda Huraa, rallying the team to relocate some ‘at risk’ frames complete with mature corals and teaming with marine life.