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Help Us #freetheflipper!

The #freetheflipper campaign is now closed. You can still donate to the Olive Ridley Project here: [btnsx id=”5185″] We are excited to announce the launch of our first fundraising campaign: Help us #freetheflipper!       The Olive Ridley Project has expanded our reach exponentially since the beginning in 2013; this could not have been possible without your continued support! … Read More

ORP Newsletter Issue 1 | 2016

We are excited to welcome you to the first issue of the Olive Ridley Project’s Newsletter! We plan published the ORP Newsletter biannually (June and December). This first issue brings you up to speed on some of the work we have completed in 2015. If you would like to contribute to the newsletter on the issue of marine debris and … Read More

Maldives Whale Shark Festival

The Maldives Whale Shark Festival held by the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program is an annual celebration of marine life and is ecologically, culturally, and economically important to the island communities of the Maldives. On the 28th of August on the island of Dhigurah the Science Fest kicked off too a colourful start. The event had many  students from local school, joined by … Read More

Dr Jillian Hudgings talking with Maldivian school children

ORP’s School Visit

The Olive Ridley Project’s senior project scientist, Dr Jillian Hudgins, recently made a quick trip to the Maldives to carry out workshops and training sessions. She also found time for two local school visits to talk about threats to the marine environment, including ghost nets, and what the local islanders can do to minimize their impact on turtles and other … Read More

One Nation Coral Revival

Once a year the good people from Save the Beach organise a two-day event on the tropical island of Villingili. The One Nation Coral Revival event is an opportunity for Maldivian artists, conservationists, marine researchers and nature lovers to get together and discuss the Maldivian environment and talk about ways to improve it.   Olive Ridley Project (ORP) volunteers Jesse … Read More

35th International Sea Turtle Symposium

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) team has just returned from the 35th International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) held in Dalaman, Turkey. We were happy to meet people from all over the world who are involved in the protection of sea turtles through research, rehabilitation and community outreach. However, it was evident that there is still a lot of work to be … Read More

Official Partnership With Mission Blue

Today marks our official partnership with Mission Blue. Mission Blue is a global initiative founded by Dr. Sylvia Earle in 2009; it is a large organization that includes an array of ocean conservation groups – from large companies to individuals. The Mission Blue community works toward creating awareness about oceanic issues and giving support to projects that make a positive … Read More

ORP-Coco Collection partnership ceremony

ORP Partners With Coco Collection, Maldives

At the beginning of this year, the Olive Ridley Project (ORP) partnered with Coco Collection Resorts in the Maldives.   Our partnership will be based on their Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi properties, located respectively in the Baa Atoll and North Malé Atoll. We are very excited about this partnership, as it will allow us to build … Read More

turtle trapped in ghost net

Ghost Net Entangles Five Olive Ridley Sea Turtles In The Maldives

The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle has a very special nesting behavior. Once a year thousands of females congregate in preparation for a mass nesting event known as an Arribada – this is derived from the spanish word meaning “arrival”. This spectacular behavior can be observed in very few places in the world, but one of those places is in an … Read More

Ghost Net Claims The Lives Of Two Turtles And One Shark

On 24th April 2007. The Prodivers Maldives team found a large ghost net nearby Kuredhu resort with many animals dead and entangled inside. The net had killed one adult male Grey Reef Shark (a Near Threatened and protected species), one juvenile Green Turtle (an Endangered and protected species), and one juvenile Olive Ridley Turtle (a Vulnerable and protected species). Thankfully, … Read More