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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. 💙

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.

Coral Spawning 2022 Updates

Coral Spawning 2022 Updates

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.

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.

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. 💚

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 …

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.

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.

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.

April’s Activities

April’s Activities

Come and see the jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) on display at our Marine Discovery Centre, and stop by to meet Luna, the newest patient admitted to our turtle rescue centre.
Learn about the latest NOAA coral bleaching reports as we enter the seasonally warmest time of year; read our coral propagation updates on ‘massive’ corals, and catch-up with our Instagram photo feeds.

Welcome to our Fish Lab

Welcome to our Fish Lab

This month, we invite you to an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo tour of our Fish Lab! 🐟
See the many weird and wonderful marine creatures inhabiting our aquariums and breeding tanks, and meet our marine biologists hard at work 365 days per year.
Then enjoy the latest photo, video and news roundups from our teams of Coral and Turtle experts.

Updates From Our Marine Centres

Updates From Our Marine Centres

Watch our latest Zoom video call to learn about all of our marine projects! Then join a live Q&A with some of the team, and enjoy the virtual tour of our Marine Discovery Centre at Landaa Giraavaru.
On Valentine’s Day, we transplanted two special heart-shaped frames with Pocillopora corals … made with love by Kuda Huraa’s Dive Team. 💙