The Maldives is renowned for its amazing marine life, and Komandoo is no exception, boasting a diverse and abundant population of fish and aquatic animals that make their home around the island. What we are especially proud of is that the island has become a known hotspot for sea turtles. Thanks to the ongoing partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, we have a great insight into our resident turtle community.
Since 2013 guests and champions at Komandoo have been helping conservation programs, like the Olive Ridley Project, by identifying and monitoring our turtle population using underwater photos – and you can join in too, using your incredible holiday snaps! All turtles have unique scale patterns on their heads, so photos can be compared to images in the national databases to help track movements and population changes across the Maldives.
If you have a photograph, taken in the Maldives, of a sea turtle that is new to our database, or one that is yet to be named, you can chose to adopt this turtle if you wish, and name it too. We need one clear image of each side of the turtle’s face. And of course, we also need to know the time and the location of the sighting. Blurry photos cannot be used.
This research will help us develop and evaluate conservation strategies aimed at saving sea turtles threatened by extinction. Six out of the seven species worldwide are listed as ‘Endangered’ and they need our help.
Photo credits: image directly above – Trevor Olliver, title image – Manuela Eggenberger – a big thank you to both for allowing us to share these great images.