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 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.
Read Kat’s Diary, to find out what it’s like to be a veterinarian working in the Maldives!
Firstly, every day is different … we treat Olive Ridleys rescued from entanglement in ghost nets (discarded fishing gear), Hawksbills covered in barnacles, and Green turtles unable to dive below the water surface.
Recently, we’ve even been caring for two orphaned fruit bats! 🦇
Meet Lynn, an environmental biology graduate and sea turtle conservationist from Malaysia, now interning with us at Landaa.
Lynn soon meets our Olive Ridley turtle patients, getting to know their unique personalities and preferences, and is on hand to assist when 2 new turtles arrive, rescued by local fishermen from discarded ‘ghost’ fishing nets.
We welcome some new hatchlings into our centre, and wave goodbye to an old friend.
Enjoy our slideshow as we release our head-start Hawksbill turtle ‘Mikka’, with a satellite tag to track her travels.
UPDATE : Exciting new video added !
This month we have some great photos of our sea turtles to share with you !
Catch up with all our latest turtle rescue efforts, and enjoy a short video as we bid a fond farewell to 2 of our rescue patients.
Eduardo was found during a Dolphin Cruise on 15 January 2013, badly entangled in a net – read about his rescue, and news of the latest turtle releases.
Catch up with all the latest turtle updates from our 2 Marine Discovery Centres, as we welcome some new visitors and bid farewell to old friends.
There are also details from our satellite tracking programs – you won’t believe just how far our newly released turtles have travelled !