Six Senses Laamu Launches Junior Marine Biology Program Online

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12 April, 2020

Six Senses Laamu is launching a new type of home school program where turtles are teachers and colorful fish can be made out of egg cartons and bottle tops! Starting from April, the resort is taking their program online with #AtHomeWithSixSenses Junior Marine Biology Program.

The #AtHomeWithSixSenses Junior Marine Biology Program is a fun 10-week course for budding conservationists, inspired by the initiative that usually runs at Six Senses Laamu. Each week, the resort’s marine biologists on the island will host short videos and demonstrate activities that students can then try at home. The course is open to everyone and there will be content available and suitable for all ages.

“Don’t worry if you’re quarantined in a city apartment without views of dolphins from your balcony: all activities take into account the restrictions we have at home during this time. All you will need is enthusiasm and a little creativity to upcycle and rediscover a few unwanted items lying around at home to achieve an A Grade.”

Students will be encouraged to share their “homework” by email to marine-laamu@sixsenses.com and on social media using the #AtHomeWithSixSenses #GrowWithSixSenses #SixSensesLaamu hashtags. These masterpieces by the students will also be published on Six Senses media channels and highlighted in the weekly videos.

Over the next 10 weeks, students can learn about manta rays, corals, turtles and reef fish. Students can explore seagrass and mangroves and how they are vital habitats for a diversity of marine life. Broader topics cover science research, sustainability and how to share passion for science.

Although the structure, by necessity, is slightly different to what children might enjoy on vacation in the Maldives, the objective is the same. It aims to help foster an understanding of marine biology and see first-hand the importance of conserving oceans.

Six Senses Laamu further added that they will also be sharing ways for people to get involved in various conservation initiatives because every action, no matter how small, can have a positive impact.

The resort announced in a statement, “We are expecting some very special events over the next few weeks on the island, including turtle hatching in May, which we will do our best to bring to you.”

The Junior Marine Biology program, which launched a year ago, was initially inspired by a young guest at Six Senses Laamu. Unable to join his parents on dive trips, he ventured out with one of the resort’s marine biologists on a shallow-water snorkel. His curiosity inspired the team to create the program for all like-minded marine enthusiasts. Sessions are led by one of 10 biologists, each of whom specializes in different aspects of marine science and science communication as part of their work with the Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI). Over the past year, Six Senses Laamu has run hundreds of hours of private sessions and certified dozens of junior marine biologists.

MUI is an initiative by Six Senses Laamu in partnership with three NGOs: Blue Marine Foundation, the Manta Trust and the Olive Ridley Project. The mission is to lead the tourism industry in the Maldives by undertaking meaningful marine conservation focused around the three pillars of research, education and community. One of the team’s many pioneering projects includes an underwater contactless ultrasound scanner for Laamu’s resident population of pregnant manta rays in order to study gestation and embryonic development and guide conservation strategies. MUI was also recently honored with the ‘Best for Wildlife and Nature Conservation’ Award for its #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass campaign at the World Travel Market’s Responsible Tourism Awards.

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Six Senses Laamu is the only resort located in the Laamu atoll, which lies in the southern part of the Maldives. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the resort prides itself on its commitment to sustainable operations and development as outlined by Agenda 21 and Green Globe Benchmarking.

At Six Senses Laamu, most of the villas and facilities are built overwater. However, beach villas and on-land dining is an option. All villas offer a sense of privacy and seclusion, with an amazing view to the Ocean and Maldivian nature.

Six Senses Laamu offers a wide range of dining options, with cuisines from around the world, a swimming pool with a sunken bar, an ice cream parlour, an overwater wine cellar and a signature Chill bar. Many activities, excursions and options are available for everyone to enjoy, both overwater and underwater, in addition to the Six Senses Spa.  Read Full Review...

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