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May Monsoon

May Monsoon

️ This year, the arrival of the rainy season has brought welcome cooler temperatures that give our reefs a chance to recover from coral bleaching.
Catch up with our Reefscapers coral experts, as they survey the reefs to assess the effects of the recently elevated ocean temperatures.
Plus, we have a surprise underwater encounter in Malé Atoll …

April Adventures

April Adventures

🪸 The Maldives is experiencing high ocean temperatures, putting corals at risk of bleaching. Our Reefscapers coral experts are making huge efforts to relocate the most vulnerable coral frames to deeper, cooler waters.
🐢 Our turtle rescue centres are at capacity. Oekaashi is recovering from a carapace injury, and Thari is receiving weight treatments for ‘buoyancy syndrome’.

Amazing Marine Life

Amazing Marine Life

🐠 Our mariculture projects are progressing well in the Fish Lab, and we launch a new sea urchin breeding project.
🪸 Our coral experts are busily monitoring for bleaching, and work has started to relocate our most vulnerable reefs.
🦈 Marine presentations and guided excursions have been popular this month – we continue to educate about sharks, and manta season has (un)officially started at Kuda Huraa!

Snail Tails

Snail Tails

The world’s oceans have been heating up at an alarming rate over the last decade. This year, the El Nino event has increased temperatures even further, and the hottest ‘summer’ months in the Maldives bring additional heat stress to coral reefs.
Our teams are closely monitoring the reefs, looking for signs of coral stress (paling and fluorescing) and attack by predators (hungry snails and starfish).

Ghost Nets

Ghost Nets

It’s the busiest time of year for our turtle experts, as the seasonal ocean currents carry drifting ‘ghost nets’ across the Indian Ocean into Maldivian waters.
Sadly, some of these nets have entangled curious sea turtles, leading to serious injuries and even flipper amputations. The patients require urgent medical treatments followed by longterm care and rehabilitation at our rescue centres.

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. 💙

We 💚 Turtles

We 💚 Turtles

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. 💚

Blue Ocean Magic! 💙

Blue Ocean Magic! 💙

Some fascinating creatures arrived in our lagoon recently, from out in the big blue ocean!
Learn about blue sea dragons (pictured), with some amazing photos from our team, and see the famous Maldivian bioluminescent plankton that washed up on our beaches, enchanting everyone who experienced it! 🪄

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.