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.
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.
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.
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. 💙
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. 💙
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. 🦐
We commemorated Valentine’s Day with our special Reefscapers heart-shaped frames – an appreciation for our work colleagues, and a declaration of our unconditional love for corals! 💜
Be part of the change you want to see – start building your very own reef alongside our dedicated team of resident marine biologists. By sponsoring a coral frame, you help maintain the beauty and biodiversity of the underwater world. 💙
Join Bethany at Kuda Huraa, as she treats our resident Olive Ridley turtles, found injured and entangled in drifting ghost fishing nets. And then take a rehabilitation swim in the lagoon with Emma and Ari.
Meanwhile, Dr Katrina, our resident veterinarian, is monitoring our turtle nests down on the beach at Landaa, awaiting the precious little hatchlings. 💚
Some fascinating creatures arrived in our lagoon recently, from out in the big blue ocean!
Learn about blue sea dragons (pictured), with some amazing photos from our team, and see the famous Maldivian bioluminescent plankton that washed up on our beaches, enchanting everyone who experienced it! 🪄
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. 💙
Sadly, it’s now the season for us to find Olive Ridley sea turtles floating on the ocean surface, entangled in ghost nets. 💔
Come and meet the 5 new turtle patients admitted to our rescue centres, and learn about some surprise overnight visitors to our beach at Landaa. 💚
❝ Dance with the waves, move with the sea; let the rhythm of the water set your soul free ❞
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. 💙
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.
What an incredible year 2022 has been! We thank our supporters for their passion and perseverance as we transformed both ourselves and our Marine Discovery Centres!
In 2023, we will continue to find the little joys… tiny ocean miracles and Maldivian magic!
❝ Dive deep into the ocean…and you will see that the greatest treasures you find are the illusions you leave behind. ❞
Another incredible mass-spawning event this year, with the reefs a blaze of colour and excitement! 🟠🧡🟠
Enjoy our underwater photos, and follow our team as they harvest coral eggs and grow them into tiny polyps in our Lab.
Meet EMMA, our latest sea turtle rescue patient, then join our turtle experts for a rehabilitation swim in the lagoon, before catching up with our Shrimps down in the Fish Lab.
An exhilarating month makes for a packed report: corals spawning, sea turtle surgery, educating the next generation, plus spinning dolphins 🐬 and friendly sharks! 🦈
No two days are the same, and elements of the unknown are the most captivating parts of the job, along with our underwater work for calming the mind and soothing the soul.
Onward and upward! 📈
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.
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.
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! 🌞 🌙
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.