Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa on the stunning island of Fasmendhoo just welcomed some adorable new creatures into this world: hawksbill sea turtles. Forbes features how this island turned into a turtle nesting site.
All sea turtles found in the Maldives—including the hawksbill, olive ridley and green turtle (as well as the far less common leatherback and loggerhead)—have an endangered status of some kind, according to Giorgia Maggioni, Marine Biologist at Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa. She says that the resort is extremely proud of it.
The nesting and hatching process, one of the most fascinating yet even though marine biologists commonly study it, it is still not fully understood. “These animals have an amazing ability to navigate their way back to the precise area they were born. This skill—called “imprinting”—occurs during the hatching process in both males and females, and they essentially rely on the magnetic field of the earth to create a map in their brain.”
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa can now keep the nests safe and protect the sea turtles from potential predators like crabs or birds as they take their first wobbly crawl from the egg and into the ocean. “Raising environmental awareness has always been the most important goal for me.”
Full article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/theresachristine/2020/03/25/adorable-news-alert-this-island-in-the-maldives-just-became-a-sea-turtle-nesting-site/#78e9b44b4483