Published on : Monday, November 2, 2020
In appreciation of the selfless healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients around the world, Baros, an island resort in the Maldives, has created a permanent tribute out of regenerated coral. The tribute consists of coral transplanted on frames in the island’s lagoon that spell out the words “Thank You Heroes.”
The project, which was created when the resort closed to guests because of the pandemic, is flourishing. The resort’s resident marine biologists have collected fragments of living coral from the seabed that had become broken off the reefs surrounding the island and created an environment to help them survive through this transplantation process. This tribute to healthcare workers in living coral is also sustainable as it serves to create new habitats for fish and other invertebrates.
This is part of the Coral Regeneration initiative which began at Baros in 2009. Since then, 365 coral tables have been submerged. Complete and mature frames are brought to the nursery in the Baros lagoon, where the Marine Center team routinely maintains them, which involves cleaning the frames of algae and benthic dwellers, such as tunicates which inhibit coral growth.
The coral fragments collected for this unique tribute are flourishing and the wording is clearly visible. It can take two years for the coral to cover a frame completely. Once it does, the coral will continue to grow forever, becoming a permanent recognition of the dedication of the world’s healthcare heroes.
The Resort Manager of Baros, Ibrahim Shijah, commented, “In spite of the unprecedented times the world has faced, Baros aims to keep the positive consequences of the pandemic – of compassion, unity and kindness – remembered by this tribute.”
Further, for guests who worked as healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Baros will offer them extra benefits, including a complimentary couples massage at the island’s Serenity Spa, a private dinner for two on the beach, champagne upon arrival, and a choice of a free scheduled excursion. The offer is valid until December 22, 2021.
Baros Maldives reopens to tourists on October 1, 2020 with new health and safety protocols put in place.