The team at Landaa
Rescued turtle Indra
The Marine Savers team of dedicated biologists established a sea turtle conservation programme in 2011, following concern over dwindling sea turtle populations across the Maldives. This government-endorsed programme is concerned with the following key areas of turtle conservation: the protection of turtle nests followed by assisted rearing for any sick or injured hatchlings; the rehabilitation of injured turtles; and photo identification techniques including satellite tracking and post-release monitoring.
On a visit to the Maldives, the Olsens visited the Marine Savers facility. They recognised the wonderful work they were doing and agreed to help improve the rehabilitation programme by funding a new in-ocean turtle rehabilitation pen. The turtles at Marine Savers are now able to be rehabilitated in a natural, but safe environment, before being released. Marine Savers create prosthetic limbs for those who have endured terrible injuries, usually caused by boat engines or fishing nets, in order to give them the best possible chance of survival.
Marine Savers also combine costal protection and marine ecology to help restore coral, with the hope of representing a credible proactive adaptation to the present climate scenario. To date they have transplanted more than 3,000 coral frames (covering two hectares) using over 40 species of coral. These new reefs act as refuge areas for marine life and a source of spawn for the coral species, as well as contributing to overall diversity and productivity of the reef.
What Marine Savers Project does
Rescue, rehabilitate and release turtles
Care for turtles that are too injured to be released
Restore damaged reefs in the Maldives using coral frames
How Olsen Animal Trust helps
Co-funded the build of an in-ocean turtle rehabiliation pen
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Many turtles endure terrible injuries, usually caused by boat engines or fishing nets. Featured here is a victim that sadly didn't make it, however, the luckier ones are received, treated and rehabilitated by Marine Savers.
The 'on land' turtle rehab tanks
The rehabilitation of rescued turtles is a complex and lengthy process. These are rehabilitation tanks where turtles are treated. They need to be able to dive successfully for food before release can be considered. The new OAT sponsored 'in-ocean' pen will make the release process quicker and provide higher welfare standards for the turtles.
Marine biologists Audrey & Carla
Two of the team members who inspired the Olsen's on their initial visit to the centre with their passion and dedication to the project.
Moving the new pen into the sea
It was an exciting day when the newly constructed 'in-ocean' pen, sponsored by OAT, was moved into position. Many of the community came out to help!
Rehab turtle enjoying new enclosure
Turtle in final stage of rehab enjoying this in-ocean enclosure. This allows them to practice swimming and diving before being released back into the ocean.
The in-ocean pen from above
The sea pen utilises it's in-ocean position to provide the most natural environment for turtles to be rehabilitated in.
For further information on the work of Marine Savers please visit www.marinesavers.com