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Laura 🐢 Taz & Speedy 🐢

Laura 🐢 Taz & Speedy 🐢

This month, join Laura underwater in Kuda Huraa’s sandy lagoon, as she visits our coral gardens, and gets hands-on with the urgent relocation of our ‘at risk’ artificial reefs.
Life starts to return to normal following the hectic festive season, and we say a beachside Bon Voyage to 2 of our favourite long-term turtle patients, Taz and Speedy. So long, little guys. 💚

Marine Matt 🐟 Chapter 2

Marine Matt 🐟 Chapter 2

Come and join me at Kuda Huraa for my second month as a marine biology intern.
We’ve been working on a major project with our Resort colleagues to rescue some coral frames from the seasonally shifting sands … it’s been all hands on deck, with some ingenious solutions.
We wave goodbye to 2 Green turtle friends, and I’m practising my photography skills, both above and below the waves. 📷

Meet Helen, our Marine Aquarist

Meet Helen, our Marine Aquarist

Hello, I’m Helen. I work in the Fish Lab at Landaa Giraavaru, managing the aquariums and looking after all the fish and marine invertebrates. 🐡
After being stuck in the UK during the pandemic, coming to the Maldives to spend every day in the sea and sunshine was an absolute dream … surrounded by amazing marine life, both out in the open ocean and among our fish breeding tanks. 🐠

Reefscapers Diary 2022

Reefscapers Diary 2022

Our dedicated Coral Biologists keep you up to date with all the latest news and photos direct from our Centres at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Read how our coral reef propagation project is progressing in 2022, and see our latest hands-on experiments studying resilience to coral bleaching.

Laura’s Marine Life 🐬

Laura’s Marine Life 🐬

Hello, I’m Laura, the new Marine Savers intern, with sharks and rays and fish of every imaginable colour, living right on my doorstep!
Here at Kuda Huraa, my work as a marine biologist is only just beginning, and I still have so much to learn about sea turtle conservation, coral propagation and marine life in the Maldives!

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. 💚

Meet Marine Biology Matt 🐟

Meet Marine Biology Matt 🐟

Greetings from Kuda Huraa! My name is Matthew, and I am the new marine biology intern working for Marine Savers.
After graduating in July, the Maldives was one of the last places I was expecting to end up. Fast forward to November, and I was boarding a plane headed for tropical paradise!
My first month here has been nothing short of incredible, with lots of ongoing projects keeping us very busy.

Flying Turtle ✈ ‘April’

Flying Turtle ✈ ‘April’

‘April’ is now our sixth “Flying Turtle” ✈ to find a safe new home overseas.
Read the full story of her intrepid journey, as she leaves Kuda Huraa on a VIP transfer … heading all the way to Scotland for a bagpipes welcome!
A huge thank you to the SEA LIFE team for giving ‘April’ a new lease of life in her professional aquarium home.

Coral Spawning 2021 November

Coral Spawning 2021 November

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.

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.

Coral Spawning 2021 October

Coral Spawning 2021 October

Read all about this year’s mass coral spawning event! Enjoy our detailed report, complete with unique photos and video, coming to you directly from our coral experts at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
After careful experimentation and several sleepless nights, we have successfully grown tiny polyps of Acropora species in our Fish Lab! 🧡

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 …

Coral Propagation with Alejandra

Coral Propagation with Alejandra

This month, I have enjoyed making new coral frames with our guests. People who visit the Resort often become interested in adopting a new coral frame, to help enhance the health and productivity of the marine ecosystem.
Our reef regeneration is successful in creating homes for thousands of sea creatures, and supporting 25% of the life in the ocean that depends on coral reefs.

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.

Meet Margaux, Coral Biologist

Meet Margaux, Coral Biologist

Hello, my name is Margaux, and I am the new Reefscapers Coral Biologist at Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru.
After a year of lockdown in the UK, I am now back in the ocean and couldn’t be happier … after being being thrown in to work at the deep end! 😊
Join me underwater for free-diving and snorkeling with mantas, then lend a hand to construct a very unique raft …

Corals, Turtles, Fish

Corals, Turtles, Fish

All the latest monthly updates from our resident marine biology teams at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
Our experts down in the Fish Lab are gearing up for a new Zooplankton Study, and we have some cool Reefscapers artwork to show you … from the air!
We also have news of our ‘Flying Turtles’ project, for our injured unreleasable Olive Ridley turtle patients.

Meet Ale, Coral Biologist

Meet Ale, Coral Biologist

Hello, my name is Alejandra, and I am the new Reefscapers Coral Biologist at Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa … a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. 🌴
My day begins with the colours of the ocean, peaceful beaches, the balance and beauty of nature … all are simply breath-taking. The Maldives’ underwater world of reef fish and coral biodiversity is a mind-blowing experience! 💙

Reef Regeneration

Reef Regeneration

June was a very busy month for our reef regeneration teams!
We transplanted thousands of coral fragments onto 120+ coral frames, photographed 380 frames, and relocated 400 frames to different sites around the island.
We also continued our ‘Coral Bleaching’ and ‘Coral Cooling’ experiments, and completed an extensive weekly Coral Watch survey, analysing 1200 photographs for signs of coral bleaching and recovery.

May’s Marine Life

May’s Marine Life

Find out what to do if you encounter an injured sea turtle, whether tired and floating on the ocean surface, or trapped & entangled in ghost netting (discarded fishing gear).
Meet our ‘Junior’ Marine Savers who are busy with educational activities, and wave goodbye to Amie, our Olive Ridley turtle successfully rehabilitated and released back into the ocean this month.