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Sea Turtle Stories – Episode 3

Looking at an egg and wondering when and if it ever hosted life is a curiosity most of us are familiar with. But what about sea turtle eggs? With each sea turtle nest containing anywhere between 60-120 eggs, not all of them hatch into baby sea turtles – some instead exhibit hatching failure. But why do these eggs remain unhatched, … Read More

Sea Turtle Stories - a podcast series from Olive Ridley Project on all things sea turtle. Cover photo.

Sea Turtle Stories – Episode 2

Did you know that sea turtles take about 20-30 years to reach sexual maturity and reproduce? “The turtles that you’re looking at on the beach this year may have hatched out of their eggs 35 years ago. So what happened 35 years ago is going to determine what kind of population you have now. And what you do now is … Read More

Sea Turtle Stories - a podcast series from Olive Ridley Project on all things sea turtle. Cover photo.

Sea Turtle Stories – Episode 1

The earliest ancestor of modern day sea turtles appeared about 120 million years ago. Interestingly, these species laid hard-shelled eggs, as opposed to the soft-shelled eggs that we see now. Then a big mass extinction event around 66 million years ago wiped out about 50 percent of plants and animals. But not these guys – sea turtles managed to survive! … Read More

Sea Turtle Stories - a podcast series from Olive Ridley Project on all things sea turtle. Cover photo.

Sea Turtle Stories Press Release

Sea Turtles Stories, a podcast from Olive Ridley Project, launches on 16th June 2024. The series delves into the world of sea turtles, featuring lively conversations with experts who offer insights into various aspects of sea turtles’ life cycle and conservation practices.

Sea Turtle Stories - a podcast series from Olive Ridley Project on all things sea turtle. Cover photo.

Sea Turtle Stories – Trailer

Did you know that sea turtles have been around since the days of the dinosaurs? Sadly, they are now threatened with extinction. Welcome to Sea Turtle Stories, a podcast where sea turtle experts from around the globe help us uncover the lives of sea turtles and the conservation practices associated with them – from the mysterious lost years of hatchlings, … Read More

Turtle patient Zeliya in the tank at the Rescue Centre. Image.

Turtle Patient Update Issue 5 | 2023

New Arrivals Zeliya – Arrived 22 April 2023 Zeliya is a sub-adult olive ridley that was found entangled in a ghost net by the staff of Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort, in North Malé Atoll. She had deep ligature injuries to her right front and back flippers, with bone exposed on both. There is also an extensive wound around her neck … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 4 | 2023

Released Thiki – Arrived 2 April 2023, Released 11 April 2023 Thiki, which in Dhivehi means “spots”, was found floating and unable to dive by the staff at Constance Moofushi Maldives in South Ari Atoll. Luckily, Thiki had no external injuries, and her blood work came back normal except that she was dehydrated. Her radiographs showed faecal impaction, which means she was constipated, so we … Read More

Fari being released by Intern Aasha

Turtle Patient Update Issue 3 | 2023

Released Ekaanlo – Arrived 22 January 2023, Released 19 February After three weeks at the Rescue Centre, Ekaanlo, our only hawksbill patient, was diving comfortably and eating well. Once her last health check including X-rays and blood work came in clear, she was released from the beach at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, right by our house reef. This way she … Read More

Turtle Patient Update Issue 2 | 2023

Released Kakuni – Arrived 20 July 2022, Released 22nd January 2023 Kakuni’s diving skills had improved considerably and she was released on 22nd January. We opted for a beach release so that we could monitor her first few minutes in the water as she was a very stressed turtle when handled. However, Kakuni did great. She took a few seconds … Read More

News From The Field – VOL IV 2022

On October 31st, we held our first multi-atoll sea turtle festival in the Maldives called ‘Vaavoshi’, meaning sea turtle in Dhivehi. The festival took place simultaneously across eight different atolls in partnership with local schools. The aim of the festival is to spread awareness about key marine habitats and ecosystems, the critical role that sea turtles play in maintaining these … Read More