Jumeirah cel­e­brates World Sea Tur­tle day

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The Dubai Tur­tle Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Project (DTRP) has col­lab­o­rated with the Dubai Aquar­ium and Un­der­wa­ter Zoo in Dubai Mall and re­leased 40 en­dan­gered sea tur­tles into the Ara­bian Gulf next to Jumeirah AlNaseem to cel­e­brate World Sea Tur­tle Day. For the past three years, the Dubai Aquar­ium and Un­der­wa­ter Zoo in Dubai Mall has sup­ported the DTRP and this year raised aware­ness of the project by host­ing five of the tur­tles as part of their re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process.

The four ju­ve­nile hawks­bills and one am­putee ju­ve­nile green tur­tle named Jane were dis­played in a large ex­hibit to raise aware­ness about the plight of the sea tur­tles in the re­gion and also to pro­mote the project via lit­er­a­ture around the ex­hibit. In sup­port of the project and re­search, Dubai Mall Aquar­ium then pur­chased five satel­lite tags for the tur­tles to en­able the team to track their progress in the wild.

War­ren Baver­stock, Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah’s Aquar­ium Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, said, “The ex­hibit at Dubai Mall, which high­lights DTRP’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts, is de­signed to ed­u­cate the many vis­i­tors to Dubai Mall on the plight of th­ese tur­tles. Af­ter a month re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pe­riod, the tur­tles were re­turned to the Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah aquar­ium, fit­ted with a satel­lite tag and then re­leased back into the Ara­bian Gulf. Their move­ments can now be mon­i­tored and fol­lowed on Face­book.”

All sea tur­tles dis­played were res­cued by the DTRP based at Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah and Mad­i­nat Jumeirah. The project is run in con­junc­tion with the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Of­fice and is the only one of its kind in the Mid­dle East and Red Sea re­gion. Es­sen­tial ve­teri­nary ser­vices are pro­vided by Dubai Fal­con Clinic and Cen­tral Ve­teri­nary Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory. The aim of the ex­hi­bi­tion is to ed­u­cate vis­i­tors about tur­tles, their habi­tats and global con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in the fight against ex­tinc­tion.

The day-to-day run­ning of the DTRP and the an­i­mal hus­bandry is man­aged by Burj AlArab’s ded­i­cated aquar­ium team. A rare olive ri­d­ley sea tur­tle called Bar­na­cle re­cently checked out of Jumeirah Al-Naseem’s tur­tle re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion la­goon with more than 70 crit­i­cally en­dan­gered hawks­bill tur­tles who headed back home into the wa­ters of the Ara­bian Gulf.

Chil­dren from the Dubai Bri­tish School pur­chased a spe­cial satel­lite tag for Bar­na­cle which will en­able them to track her progress on­line. The kids were in­vited to the re­lease learn more about the Dubai Tur­tle Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Project (DTRP) and wave the tur­tles off from the beach by Jumeirah Al-Naseem.

More than 1,300 sea tur­tles have been suc­cess­fully re­turned to the sea over the past ten years since the project’s in­cep­tion. The tur­tles have all been res­cued from the shores of the UAE and nursed back to health by the DTRP one of the long­est stand­ing cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives in the re­gion and the only project of its kind in the Mid­dle East and Red Sea re­gion.

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