On Tuesday, 23rd of May, Komandoo Maldives Resort is celebrating World Turtle Day. This is a fantastic chance for us to share our passion for these amazing creatures. In the waters around Komandoo there are two different species of turtles that you are likely to encounter – the hawksbill and green sea turtles.
Hawksbill sea turtles
- Hawksbill turtles are small and slight, with adults reaching between 50-70 cm in size and weighing 35-80kg.
- They have a jagged edge to their shell and a narrow, beaked head.
- The shape of their head allows them to feed on sponges growing between the corals on the reef (meaning for many people their first sight of a turtle is that of a turtle’s bum wiggling as they forage head down…).
- Hawksbill turtle is the logo for Komandoo.
Green sea turtles
- Green sea turtles are much larger, growing to over 150cm and weighing up to 300kg.
- Their round head is perfect for grazing on the seagrass beds in the lagoons around the islands.
- The Lhaviyani Atoll is home to one of the Maldives’ largest populations of green sea turtles, concentrated around our sister island Kuredu.
- It is possible to differentiate between males and females by the size of their tails (the male tail will often extend well past the rear flippers).
Turtles are incredible survivors, and have been around since the dinosaurs, however more recently humans have looked to hunt them for their meat and shells, leading to a dramatic drop in their numbers. Although both species of turtles are currently listed as endangered, the populations in our atoll appear to be quite healthy, with daily sightings from the guests, as well as nesting activity recorded throughout the year from both species!
Did you know?
- Turtles will nest high up on the beach, to ensure their eggs are protected from the tides.
- They can lay between 60-120 eggs at a time, the position in the nest will determine the sex of the young.
- Once they hatch, turtles will spend the first 3-5 years of their life drifting in open ocean, until they are strong enough to swim through the ocean currents.
- Females will always return to the beach where they hatched to nest in the future, often travelling hundreds of kilometres to do so.