TURTLES OF THE YEAR 2015

Last year has been a very exciting one for our Marine Biology team. In Congratulations, it’s a boy, Chiara shared with us one very significant event that made 2015 so special. Today, she finally reveals the “Turtles of the Year 2015” at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu and Coco Bodu Hithi!

When I joined Coco Collection, I was told that our islands’ reefs were home to a large population of sea turtles. My colleagues who were snorkelling enthusiasts soon informed me there was for sure a “big” one and also a “little” one, a “dark” one, not to mention the “orange” one. They made me really curious!

More or less, this is how and why our Sea Turtle Identification Project started; to assign a proper code and a name to all these mysterious and charismatic reptiles.

When the Marine Research Center launched TurtleWatch Maldives, we promptly joined it and year after year, we have been sharing all our data to collaborate with the creation of a national sea turtles database.

Our contribution to TurtleWatch Maldives in 2015 has been outstanding!

Top submitters for TurtleWatch Maldives 2015

Top submitters for TurtleWatch Maldives 2015

Out of 1,774 sightings submitted to TurtleWatch Maldives last year, 923 were from us. With 563 reported sea turtle sightings, Coco Bodu Hithi is the proud top submitter in 2015 and second place goes to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu with 360 submissions.

Coco Bodu Hithi is also the top submitter of newly identified hawksbill sea turtles!

Top Submitters of newly identified hawksbill turtles for TurtleWatch Maldives 2015

Top Submitters of newly identified hawksbill turtles for TurtleWatch Maldives 2015

This is the result of fantastic team work, not only by the marine biologists, but from scuba divers, associates and guests and especially our beautiful resident sea turtles.

To properly celebrate them, here you are the “Turtles of the Year 2015”!

COCO PALM DHUNI KOLHU

At Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, a total of 120 sea turtles have been identified to date.

Tied for third place are PUCK (HK766) and CHERRY (HK469) with 28 registered sightings each in 2015.
Don’t they make a nice pair at the house reef?

Second place goes to ELIANA (HK394) with 34 registered sightings in 2015! Eliana entered the sea turtle database back in August 2013 and since then, she has always been around to join us for a snorkeling session.

Everyone enjoys snorkeling with Eliana

Everyone enjoys snorkeling with Eliana

And the coveted first place goes to KENO (HK528) with 55 registered sightings! 17 out of these 55 registered sightings were done by our amazing guests. Keno’s name comes from a Pacific Ocean island’s language, meaning “Bad”. But don’t worry; Keno is the sweetest turtle of them all :)

Say hello to the TURTLE OF THE YEAR 2015 at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu!

Keno, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu turtle of the year 2015

Keno, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu turtle of the year 2015

COCO BODU HITHI

At Coco Bodu Hithi, a total of 130 sea turtles have been identified to date.

Third place goes to CHLOE (HK270) with 46 total registered sightings in 2015! This is the third years that our famous juvenile turtle CHLOE is among the top three turtles at Coco Bodu Hithi.

Chloe, always posing at Coco Bodu Hithi house reef

Chloe, always posing at Coco Bodu Hithi house reef

Second place goes to ZHENG (HK307)! Zheng was the most sighted turtle in 2014, but with 48 registered sightings in 2015, he surprisingly lost the crown this time.

However, Zheng is still the one that surprised us most this year since he grew up to 62 cm and become an adult male, the only one at Bodu Hithi house reef!

Zheng, the boss of Coco Bodu Hithi house reef

Zheng, the boss of Coco Bodu Hithi house reef

As for first place, with a 55 registered sightings, ALLEGRA (HK548) is the TURTLE OF THE YEAR 2015 at Coco Bodu Hithi! 19 out of these 55 registered sightings were done by our guests

And guess what? Allegra is Italian for “Cheerful”. How perfect is that!

Allegra celebrating the victory with a cheerful turtle smile

Allegra celebrating the victory with a cheerful turtle smile

The Marine Biology team is of course already at work to make the year 2016 another one to remember. A big THANK YOU to all of you, for the support and contribution last year!

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