Environment

Volunteers needed for Maldives expedition

The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) is looking for veterinary volunteers “hungry for adventure” to participate in its Sea Turtle Research Expedition project in the Maldives.

Volunteers may find themselves involved in freeing turtles from nets.

Research volunteers will spend four weeks on an expedition in Haa Alif Atoll searching for and collecting data on sea turtles, which will inform the Turtlewatch Maldives programme.

Turtle first aid

Volunteers may find themselves involved in freeing the reptiles from nets and so will be given basic turtle first aid training.

There will also be the opportunity to work on marine conservation community projects, aimed at reducing the threats of marine debris to sea turtles in the area.

Adventure

A charity spokesman said: “Since this is a remote part of the Maldives, where very little scientific work has been done, part of the adventure is not knowing exactly what we will encounter.

“We have had reports of manta ray sightings in the area and, during our pilot surveys, we saw lots of dolphins, sharks and stingrays, in addition to turtles. “The lack of data in this region is what scientists call a ‘black hole’. We want to fill this gap so we can accurately interpret sea turtle population and movements in the Maldives.

“Due it its remote location, Haa Alif Atoll has very few resources to conduct dedicated sea turtle research or run marine conservation projects. Part of the ORP’s charitable objective is to advance the knowledge on sea turtle habitats and their threats.

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