An Ocean of Creativity and Thought

To promote awareness regarding the danger that ghost nets pose to sea turtles, our marine biologists and friends from the Olive Ridley Project launched a drawing competition for the students of Thulhaadhoo, a nearby island. Today, our marine biologist intern Jade will spill all the details about this competition and unveil the three young artists who “captured” the hearts of our judges!

Last month, Jillian and Martin from the Olive Ridley Project along with our resident marine biologist Chiara and I were welcomed by the students of Thulhaadhoo, a local neighboring island to give a presentation about sea turtle conservation.

Four marine biologists surrounded by 70 high school students well versed in sea turtle conservation

Four marine biologists surrounded by 70 high school students well versed in sea turtle conservation

After the presentation the children were invited to participate in a drawing contest to help raise awareness regarding the threat that ghost nets pose to sea turtles.

The rules were simple: The students would have two weeks to draw a picture that included both a net and a sea turtle.

On February 26th Chiara, myself along with two representatives from our HR team payed a visit to Thulhaadhoo school during their morning ceremony to announce the winners of the Olive Ridley Project drawing competition in front of all the school and the participants parents.

Chiara inspiring the next generation of ocean warriors

Chiara inspiring the next generation of ocean warriors

The participants were judged on artistic merit, visual impact and communication of theme.

With so much raw talent choosing a winner wasn’t an easy feat!

However, like a sea turtle stuck in a net, our attention was especially “captured” by the drawings of our three finalists:

Congratulations to our overall winner Abaan Sharyf, a 10th grader.

All judges were left impressed by Abaan’s artistic ability to create a beautiful piece of art that conveyed a strong message about the threat of ghost nets.

Our first prize winner happily walked away with a voucher valid for a 2 people dinner at our buffet restaurant COWRIE, an Olive Ridley sea turtle toy and a wooden trophy.

With a few strokes of his paint brush, our second runner up: Mohamed Yoosuf a 10th grader truly captured the extreme pain and suffering that sea turtles stuck in nets experience.

We were also taken aback by the fine attention to detail and artistic expression from our third runner up Hunaidha Abdul Raheem, a Grade 10 student.

We would like to congratulate all of the young artists who submitted their drawings in our contest, your artwork really showed an ocean of creativity and thought.

Education through art represents a unique way for youth of all ages to express themselves artistically and to develop a sense of ocean citizenship.

Like the old saying goes, a picture is worth 1000 words!

Impressed by the ingenuity and imagination of our young artists? We want to hear your thoughts!

PS. Who says you can’t ALSO use cake to inspire sea turtle conservation?

A handful of Thulhaadhoos grade 1 students eager to taste the delicious chocolate cake made by our generous chefs at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

A handful of Thulhaadhoos grade 1 students eager to taste the delicious chocolate cake made by our generous chefs at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

We received a beautifully written letter from the students of Thulhaadhoo expressing their gratefulness for our visit.  It is always such a wonderful feeling to know that there is a future generation of ocean lovers out there who are keen to discover and protect our blue ocean!

Letter written by the students of Thulhaadhoo expressing their gratitude

Letter written by the students of Thulhaadhoo expressing their gratitude

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone!

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