|Andy and Vaidas coming back|
from a snorkel cleanup
July went by quickly here on our small island. We had a productive month with 4 dive sites surveyed for the Fishwatch project, an underwater snorkel cleanup, some studies of beach dynamics, as well as the submission of a research permit application for an upcoming coral reef recovery project- keep your eyes open for updates !
However, today started in a rather sad way. The crew of one of our service boats noticed some floating nets on the surface just outside Lankan lagoon, and very soon realised that the nets were moving; there was a turtle tangled inside them! Two of the crew, Aowlad and Mamun, cut the nets and freed the turtle, but sadly, the animal was positively buoyant, and its front limbs were severely lacerated. Aowlad and Mamun brought the turtle closer to the shore and called the marine biologist.
The turtle was sent to Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa where they have good turtle holding facilities, and we will be waiting for further updates. Liraz, marine biologist at Kuda Huraa said, that due to severe injuries Chippy will have to be transferred to another property in Baa Atoll (Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru) for further treatment and care. Keep your eyes open for updates.
|A fully grown Olive Ridley, with |
extensive limb damage from a ghost net.
|Chippy in a temporary holding |
tank at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa
This story is a sad reminder of how crucial education of the fishermen is, and just how damaging our fishing methods are up to this day (e.g. in March this year another 5 Olive Ridleys were found in one ghost net by another resort "Kuredu") ! (Click here for more info)
Just speculating from the two encounters at Gili Lankanfushi this month (both Olive Ridley turtles had severe limb damage from nets), and the fact that Kuredu team found 5 turtles in one net, it seems that Olive Ridleys are very prone to entanglement in these nets.
For a summary of the scale and extent of the rubbish in our oceans see an article by a fellow marine biologist here...
Also, to better understand how the rubbish moves in the ocean visit
For more scientific information on Olive Ridleys and ghost nets click here...