In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, part of the Jumeirah Group, celebrated the World Day of Sea Turtle, with the launch of 45 fully-rehabilitated hawksbill turtles, in addition to 20 small turtles from a reserve Jebel Ali Marine, affiliated with the Emirates Marine Environment Association. His Highness participated in launching small turtles from the beach, and launching larger turtles directly at sea from aboard the boat.
Over the past few months, each turtle has received treatment for various symptoms, including exposure to cold weather during the winter season, ingestion of plastic materials, and other injuries that required surgery. The hawksbill turtle is an important component of the three-year national action plan to conserve marine turtles in the UAE, which was launched by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, with the aim of expanding the scope of application of turtle protection laws.
Since its founding in 2004, the team has succeeded in returning more than 1,900 turtles to the waters of the Arabian Gulf from across the UAE, with an average rescue of 225 turtles in recent years. Among the main species protected by the facility: green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles, and sometimes large-headed turtles, and olive "Redley" turtles, which are attended by the public and partner institutions concerned with their preservation. The turtles are transported directly to the Aquarium team in Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, to take care of them and follow up their recovery accurately, in addition to conducting veterinary checks, and managing medicines and surgery when needed.
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A turtle, has been returned to the Gulf waters across the country.
Over the past months, each turtle has received treatment for various symptoms ... some of which required surgery.