This is How We Celebrated World Turtle Day 2018
Kuredu, a resort nearby which almost half of the Maldives’ green sea turtles live, again expressed its commitment to ocean conservation: we organised a big event to celebrate the release of 5 turtles back to their natural habitat!
Pemble, Carrie, Bowie, Yoshie and Prince, all about a year old, had been treated by Holly, Alex and Zoe from Atoll Volunteers NGO on Naifaru; readapted to salt water and a proper diet after they had been kept as pets on local islands, the turtles are now strong enough to be in the ocean again.
Sadly, 22 more turtles remain at the facility. The injured turtles mostly suffer from buoyancy syndrome, which means they cannot dive any more after being entangled. Any injuries needing medical treatment are transferred to Olive Ridley Project’s facility in Baa Atoll.
A big thank you to Dr. Stephanie Köhnk, Kuredu’s Sea Turtle Biologist and Educator, the Atoll Marine Centre volunteers, Olive Ridley Project, and of course to all those of you who attended the event or witnessed the release and admired the beautiful sand sculptures through live coverage on our Facebook page!