Marine Savers at Four Seasons

September 2019 Updates From Our Marine Biology Teams – See the fish eggs laid by our Maldivian anemonefish, and watch the Linckia sea star regenerating itself from a single arm. Meet our apprentices and volunteers, helping out with our Reefscapers coral propagation projects, and enjoy the latest photos and video clips of our teams hard at work, rest and play.

Turtle Tracks, Jolly Jellies & Fishy Tales – Summer roundup from Marine Savers. Meet the local school children as they spend the day with us, learning about marine conservation and coming face to face with the Aurelia jellyfish in our Kreisel tank. Join us at Hithaadhoo for the first Baa Atoll Turtle Festival for some fun & games, and then follow Peggy’s journey across the ocean on our interactive satellite map.

Hi everyone, my name is Olivia, and I am a 22-year-old Master’s student from England, studying Tropical Marine Biology. I am the marine biologist intern here at the Marine Discovery Centre at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru. As part of my Master’s degree, I am researching the Reefscapers coral propagation programme.

Marine Savers May Musings – Join us down in the Lab, to catch up with fish breeding news and read about the Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) in our dedicated Kreisel tank. Our ‘Flying Turtles’ project has taken an interesting turn, and learn how you can contribute towards Maldivian turtle conservation by sending in your turtle photographs for identification and naming.

Learn about Lotte’s new life at Landaa, helping with our Clownfish and jellies in the Fish Lab. There’s time to propagate some corals with our Reefscaping team, before caring for the injured turtle patients at our rescue centre. Lotte also kick-starts the Flying Turtles programme, to find new permanent homes for our “non-releasable” long-term residents.

Updates From Landaa & Kuda Huraa (April 2019)
 – Take a front row seat at the Microplastics Workshop (SOS, MWSRP) to learn about the adverse effects of plastic pollution on whale sharks in the Maldives. And then meet the jellies in our new Kreisel jellyfish tank … the perfect home for them to grow and thrive under our watchful eye.

Chathu’s Story – I’ve spent ten weeks as a marine biology intern at Landaa Giraavaru, learning about the different marine biology programmes, including Turtle care, the Fish Lab and Coral propagation.

Monthly Marine Roundup (March 2019) – Fly over the lagoon at Kuda Huraa for a great aerial view of our Reefscapers coral frames at the water villas! Meet our new arrivals at the Fish Lab … juvenile flying fish, and discover why March-April has sadly been a record period for rescuing turtles that have been found entangled in drifting ghost fishing nets.

Louise’s Life at Landaa – I am currently working on my Master’s thesis with the Reefscapers team. For my project, I will be assessing the growth rate of the coral frames that are located around the island as part of the reef restoration programme.

Meet Marine Intern Julia – At the moment, there are large numbers of adult Olive Ridley turtles drifting to the Maldives trapped in discarded (ghost) fishing gear, often wounded and dehydrated when they’re rescued. So we are busy turtle feeding and monitoring, and discussing our conservation efforts with resort guests.

Sea Turtles And Plastic – The effects of the 8 million tonnes of synthetic waste entering the oceans each year is a huge and growing concern. Plastic debris is being discovered across the entire marine ecosystem, from plankton and corals, to crabs, seabirds, turtles and whales.