World Turtle News, 02/12/2018
Olive Ridley Project’s first Sea Turtle research expedition – A great success
The first sea turtle research expedition in Haa Alif Atoll last November was a great success. The ORP (Olive Ridley Project) team and volunteers surveyed 25 sites and recorded a total of 91 turtle sightings. In addition, we encountered sharks, dolphins, rays, and many tropical fish. Unfortunately, we also added 37 ghost gear incidents with a total of 114 nets to the record.
The first two volunteers, Helen and Amy, both happen to be veterinary nurses from the UK. They had a long journey on international and domestic flights, followed by a speed boat ride, to reach the remote Ha.Kelaa Island. However, the sight of Ha.Kelaa’s two km long white sandy beach, turquoise lagoon, and breezy palm trees soon made them forget about the tiring travels. At Ha.Kelaa Harbour, staff from Summer House guesthouse welcomed them with local flowers arrangements and refreshing coconut water before escorting Helen and Amy to their home in Maldives.
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Photo from ©Ali Naxim.