Velassaru, Maldives Welcomes 124 Green Sea Turtles

by Maya Mahir on 03 August 2015, 12:08PM

124 green sea turtle eggs laid on the beach at Velassaru, Maldives in late-May and hatched on July 23 after 58 days of incubation. Staff and visitors at the resort were able to be able to witness this amazing event, as green sea turtles usually lay their eggs on remote islands away from inhabitants.

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One of seven species of the marine reptile, green sea turtles are mainly found in tropical and sub-tropical zones, but will often migrate hundreds of miles to forage or nest. Upon reaching maturity, females habitually return to the beach of their own birth in order to nest- a feat exceptional even within the animal kingdom, and one that Rudi Palm, Base Manager for the resort’s IMMERSION Dive Centre, sees as reflective of Velassaru’s dedication to environmental sustainability.

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He notes that the species remains under threat, both from natural predators and human interaction, with only 1 in 1000 hatchlings surviving to adulthood. In an effort to combat this statistic, Velassaru has introduced new protectionist activities to its ongoing CSR commitments, including securing those environments suitable for nesting and monitoring for future eggs and hatchlings. The resort hopes that this will make the island even safer for these amazing marine creatures and assist in the worldwide conservation effort. Velassaru eagerly anticipates the day when these hatchlings will return to nest in the future.

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Click here to see a video of the Turtles racing to the sea.


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