Kuredu Resort Maldives has celebrated World Turtle Day 2018 by releasing five turtles back to their natural habitat.
Pemble, Carrie, Bowie, Yoshie and Prince — all about a year old — had been treated by Holly, Alex and Zoe from Atoll Volunteers NGO, which is based on the neighbouring local island of Naifaru. The turtles have been readapted to salt water and a proper diet after they had been kept as pets on local islands
“… the turtles are now strong enough to be in the ocean again,” the resort said, in an announcement.
According to Kuredu, 22 more turtles remain at the facility because they suffer from buoyancy syndrome, which means they cannot dive any more after being entangled. Any injuries needing medical treatment are transferred to Olive Ridley Project’s facility in Baa atoll, it said.
“A big thank you to Dr. Stephanie Köhnk, Kuredu’s Sea Turtle Biologist and Educator, the Atoll Marine Centre volunteers, Olive Ridley Project, and of course to all those of you who attended the event or witnessed the release and admired the beautiful sand sculptures through live coverage on our Facebook page,” the announcement read.
Located on a 1,800 metre by 325 metre remote island in the northern atoll of Lhaviyani, Kuredu is accessible by a 35-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main Velana International Airport. This 4.5-star resort has 383 rooms, including beach and water villas, making it the second largest resort in the Maldives.
The island boasts a dive and snorkel centre, a water sports centre, a spa, golf and tennis courses, a kids’ club, and an extensive choice of restaurants and bars. Kuredu guests can also dine in 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at the neighbouring Hurawalhi Maldives resort.