Exciting news at Finolhu!
On Tuesday evening 79 baby green sea turtles hatched at Finolhu. We are very lucky to witness several wild sea animals including nesting mother turtles. All baby turtles were immediately released to the ocean.
The first 48 hours are crucial in the life of a sea turtle that is when 80 % of the hatchlings die, due to predation by sea birds, crows and crabs and in the water by reef sharks, rays and other bigger fish. By protecting the nests, we hope to increase the survival chance of the little sea turtle hatchlings.
Hawksbill Sea Turtles are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list, which means that the species is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in near future. With humans present to scare birds and crabs away we hope to increase their survival chance and like this stabilize/increase the sea turtle population in the Maldives.Turtles also help to keep the ecosystem healthy and in balance so we do not get e.g. jellyfish outbreaks.