We discovered at one of our dive sites many “crown of thorns” sea stars. After contacting IUCN (Maldives Marine Projects) and the Marine Research Center in Male, we decided together to take action and remove them from this reef, before they can cause visible damage to it. Ameer from IUCN came for one day to Vilamendhoo to give us all the necessary information of how to remove them and how to measure them to collect important data for further research.
Ameer went out with us on that day and together with our instructors we could remove many of them in just one dive. We were all very happy to have such professional support from IUCN and the Marine Research Center.
And big highlight of this month was the 3rd annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival held this time on local island Maamigili. Together with some of our divers we went for a 2 dive trip to the south of the atoll and visit afterwards the festival. This event is an opportunity for the community of South Ari to come together and celebrate the significance of whale sharks to this atoll whilst also providing a positive platform from which to raise awareness of conversation issues. Have A look at our facebook page “Euro-Divers Vilamendhoo” for more pictures!
The South Ari atoll is a special place in the Maldives with many communities caring for the diverse underwater environment.
Come and visit us at Vilamendhoo so we can show you the beautiful underwater world in the South Ari atoll!
Your Euro Divers team Vilamendhoo