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Turtle Teamwork

Turtle Teamwork

Lost ‘ghost nets’ are adrift around the world’s oceans, creating a home for fish and marine life that attracts curious hungry turtles, which can easily become entangled in the ropes, lines and net filaments.
We are now in the NE monsoon season, and the prevailing ‘Iruvai’ winds bring many injured and entangled non-native Olive Ridley turtles into Maldivian waters.

Ocean Adventures

Ocean Adventures

A very busy month, as our teams monitor the latest spawning event on our house reefs and coral frames. Back in our Fish Lab, we record the development of coral embryos from fertilisation to settlement stage. 🪸
We also performed a daring mid-ocean rescue, saving not one but two injured sea turtles from entanglement in a single drifting ghost net. 🐢🕸️🐢

💙 Colourful Corals 🪸

💙 Colourful Corals 🪸

Join us for an exciting snorkel excursion, to swim over beautiful corals and to marvel at the marine biodiversity living on Maldivian reefs. 🪸
Back on shore, go behind the scenes at our turtle rescue centres to meet our rehabilitation patients, learn about their treatments, and wave Bon Voyage to Noonu fitted with a satellite tracking tag. 📍

Back To School With Reefscapers

Back To School With Reefscapers

We invite you into the classroom, to join our Reefscapers teams in local outreach projects, educating the next generation of passionate marine biologists. 💙
And then catch up with our latest shrimp-breeding and mariculture projects in the Fish Lab, as we reveal the complex food chains necessary to feed the hungry residents in our marine aquariums. 🐠

Underwater Updates

Underwater Updates

This month, we invite you to join our teams underwater to explore the colourful marine biodiveristy of the Maldives! 🐠
We have guided snorkel tours and dolphin-spotting excursions, plus marine life presentations to bring you up to speed with all the local wildlife.
And then join our Reefscapers experts to make your very own dedicated coral frame. 🪸

Marine Roundup

Marine Roundup

Catch up with our Reefscapers teams of marine biologists this month, working above and below the waves. 🌊
Join us down in the Fish Lab for some unique breeding experiments with ornamental shrimp, read about turtle patient Maw, and meet Sol underwater as he uses photo-transects to assess coral cover and diversity. 🪸

Time for Turtle Tales

Time for Turtle Tales

A busy time for our turtle teams this month, as we waved goodbye to our rescued and rehabilitated sea turtle patients.
You can also read about the latest mariculture project down in our Fish Lab, and join our Reefscapers coral teams as they assess the coral bleaching on our reefs caused by seasonally warmer ocean temperatures.

Coral Rescue

Coral Rescue

A busy month for Reefscapers, with a huge team effort working on an important coral rescue project.
In addition, we have several educational marine outreach programs, and ongoing coral bleaching surveys on our coral frames and the natural reefs.
Plus, there are updates from the sea turtle nests, found right here on the beaches of Landaa.

Adventures Underwater

Adventures Underwater

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. 🪸

Turtle Tales

Turtle Tales

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 💜 Corals

We 💜 Corals

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. 💙

January Updates

January Updates

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

Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023!

Goodbye 2022, Hello 2023!

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.

Crazy Colourful Corals

Crazy Colourful Corals

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.

Marine Education & Awareness

Marine Education & Awareness

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! 📈

Kelly At Kuda Huraa

Kelly At Kuda Huraa

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.

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.