Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI) is a partnership of NGOs and Six Senses Laamu Resort consolidating our research, science communication and community outreach work to conserve marine life in Laamu Atoll. ORP and MUI aim to make Laamu Atoll a safer place for sea turtles.
Hawksbill turtles are currently classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Prized for their beauty and wanted for their eggs and meat, they have been hunted for thousands of years. Today they are also at risk from by-catch, ghost fishing, coastal development and climate change, among other threats.
What is life like as a Sea Turtle Vet on a remote island in the Indian Ocean? Dr Claire Lomas BVM&S MRCVS is ORP’s Sea Turtle Veterinarian in residence at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre in Baa Atoll. She reveals the highlights and challenges of life as a Sea Turtle Vet.
Andy Torbet is an ex-Bomb Disposal Officer, Paratrooper and Army Diver turned professional underwater explorer, deep- and cave-diver, skydiver and wingsuit pilot, climber and TV Presenter. We are excited to welcome him as our new ambassador.
Olive Ridley Project’s second sea turtle research expedition to Haa Alif Atoll was another great success. Three volunteers joined the ORP team and expedition leader Nina Rothe for the month long adventure. Here is Nina’s update from the field.
Sea turtle mating is a rare and amazing sight to observe in the wild. Most sea turtles species are solitary creatures and only come together during mating season. Mating can actually be a dangerous activity for sea turtles! The male holds onto the female and she has to support the weight of both of them whilst at the same time regularly surface for air.