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.
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!
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. 💙
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. 💚
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. 📷
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!
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.
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.
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! 💙
Read the latest facts & figures from our Reefscapers coral propagation project.
We’ve been busy photographing and cleaning the frames at Kuda Huraa, and see our latest GPS map at Landaa Giraavaru.
The Reefscapers team passed an amazing milestone this month !
Plus you can read about ‘birds nests’ and an unwelcome visitor to our corals, and find out how superglue is helping in our aquarium experiments with ‘mushrooms’ and ‘leather’ …
Catch up with our latest Reefscapers news at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru. See how well our frames are growing at ‘Moon Reef’ after just 18 months, and learn why our GPS mapping system is becoming more important.
We’ve been busy behind the scenes, making improvements to our collection of over 40,000 coral frame photographs, and today we launch our brand new page. Now you can quickly retrieve details of your frame, see photographs from different angles and even pinpoint its exact location on a GPS map !
Catch up with the latest coral frame facts & figures, as we continue our important reef propagation work in the lagoons here at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru.
In 2013 we started an interesting experiment to study the barnacles that we find living on the coral.
UPDATED regularly with all the latest progress on our barnacle experiments.
Our 1000th coral frame was successfully transplanted in December – a great achievement! This frame was placed in the Green Lagoon and was transplanted as part of our ‘Build A Reef’ programme, with help from a number of guests, all excited to be a part of this important milestone.
December 2011 – This month, Landaa’s MDC monitored 301 frames in the Al Barakat area as well as near the Bar and Staff Beach. Many of the Al Barakat frames are sponsored and they are growing really well – very few have needed to be retransplanted. The water temperature on the house reef has dropped to 28°C and all signs of pale bleaching on the frames have disappeared.
December 2011 – was a very busy month for the MDC at Landaa Giraavaru – we transplanted 51 new frames (a monthly record), 32 of which were sponsored by guests. Frames are growing really well in the Staff Beach area due to a very strong current at the moment. We are placing some of the newer sponsored frames here temporarily so that they will grow quickly, and we can then move them to areas that are more challenging to grow coral.