The Marine Discovery Centre at the Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa has welcomed an Olive Ridley sea turtle.
Named ‘Lucky’, this Olive Ridley turtle has a deformity on his carapace and left front flipper as reported from Four Seasons Maldives.
Image: Marine Savers
“He has difficulty swimming and loses his balance in water where he cannot touch the bottom. For now he can practice his swimming in very shallow water. This case is particularly interesting given that Olive Ridley sea turtles do not commonly nest here in the Maldives. He is also our first Olive Ridley hatchling patient.” Four Seasons Maldives said in a statement.
Opened September 2011, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa's Marine Discovery Centre (MDC) is an interactive research and education centre that introduces guests and local school children alike to the role where each play a role in conserving the local and global marine ecosystem.
Run by a team of marine biologists from Male-based environmental consultancy Seamarc Pvt. Ltd., the Centre features 3D movies and 2D presentations on specific areas of conservation close to the Kuda Huraa team's heart, including turtles, coral reefs, sharks and dolphins.
The MDC is the starting point for the Resort's Shark and Marine Life Safari, Dolphin Watching and Coral Reefscaping activities. It is also the headquarters of the Maldivian Sea Turtle Conservation Program that simultaneously works to monitor, protect, rehabilitate and increase awareness of turtle conservation throughout the Maldives, as well as rear turtle hatchlings until they grow big and strong enough to protect themselves in the wild.