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Maldives Turtle Rescue

SEA LIFE's junior sea turtle ambassador visits the Olive Ridey Project

A young wildlife enthusiast from Brighton has enjoyed a touching encounter in the Maldives with a rescued sea turtle that shares her name.

Morgan Yates, aged 14, from Brighton won a competition to be SEA LIFE’s junior sea turtle ambassador and as part of this, Morgan flew out with her family and Trust head Andy Bool to investigate the work of a sea turtle conservation group the Olive Ridley Project, which runs a turtle rescue centre in the Maldives.

One of the patients is an Olive Ridley turtle which lost two flippers as a result of entanglement in drifting fishing net, coincidentally named ‘Morgan’ by staff. The delighted young animal fan also got to swim alongside as Rescue Centre staff exercised Morgan in the warm sea.

Morgan said of her unforgettable experience “She is a really beautiful turtle and has recovered really well from her injuries. She wouldn’t survive back in the wild so SEA LIFE is hoping to give her a good home at one of their centres in Scotland. If that happens I will definitely be going to visit her there”.

The SEA LIFE TRUST is sponsoring the Olive Ridley Project’s work, which also includes clearing as much deadly ‘ghost netting’ as possible from Maldive seas. Morgan is working on a short film about Olive Ridley Project's work that we hope to share soon.

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