The country has around 400,000 inhabitants, most concentrated on two islands, Addu and Male. The islands are flat and low. Low enough to be concerned with sea levels rising. The highest point in the country is the 8th tee on the golf course in Villingi Island. It is about 15 feet (5 m) above sea level. The majority of the land is just a few feet above high tide.
As you can see above, the shell collecting has begun. Including a couple of nice Cowries from the Indian Ocean.