Marine Life Protectors

  Olive Ridley Project's Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in the Maldives

Introduction to Olive Ridley Project's Sea Turtle Rescue Centre

The Olive Ridley Project and Coco Collection opened the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre in February 2017. The first fully-equipped marine turtle rescue centre in the Maldives has laboratory, x-ray, ultrasound and surgical facilities, as well as a full-time resident turtle veterinarian. The rescue centre can accommodate up to eight turtle patients at the time in seven tanks. Seawater from the reef is pumped through pipes into and out of the tanks. Mohamed Didi, Chief Engineer at the Coco Collection, developed a fully-automated water-flow regulation system, which allows pre-programmed procedures for the tanks.
Most of the sea turtle patients are olive ridley turtles, found injured and weakened in ghost nets, but the rescue centre has also hawksbill turtles as patients, and once even a very small loggerhead sea turtle was treated over a longer time and successfully released.

We visited the rescue centre twice, the first time for a longer visit in July 2017, and again in January 2019.

If you like to read more or support the rescue centre with a donation or adoption, please visit the link above to Olive Ridley Project's website.