Jumeirah releases rehabilitated sea turtles back into the Arabian Gulf

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25th Nov 2011
Jumeirah releases rehabilitated sea turtles back into the Arabian Gulf

On 25th November 2011, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) will return six green sea turtles back into their natural habitat following several months of rehabilitation at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah.

The private release, which will take place at noon on Madinat Jumeirah’s Beach in front of an audience of guests, competition winners and 40 children from the Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Care, forms part of Jumeirah’s programme of UAE 40th National Day celebrations

The largest of the turtles, weighing 40kgs, will be fitted with a satellite tag which will monitor the movement of the turtle for up to two years. Members of the public will be able to follow the turtle’s journey online from a public forum which will be made available following the release.

The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and runs in conjunction with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. It has been in existence since 2004 and has so far released over 400 rescued sea turtles back into Dubai’s waters. This year alone, over 350 sick or injured sea turtles have been treated by the DTRP’s team of marine biologists after washing up on the region’s beaches.

Dubai’s only turtle rehabilitation project is a collaboration between Jumeirah’s Aquarium team and the Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. Since the project started in 2004, the project has rehabilitated over 400 turtles with over 350 rescued this year.

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