In celebration of World Sea Turtle day, 40 endangered turtles, which had been rescued and nursed back to health by The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project, were released back into the Arabian Gulf this morning (Thursday June 15). A large crowd of wildlife lovers gathered to watch.
Five of the turtles had been at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in The Dubai Mall for the past three years as part of their rehabilitation programme. The other 35 had been undergoing rehabilitation at Jumeirah Al Naseem and Burj Al Arab.
More than 1,300 sea turtles have been returned to the sea following rehabilitation in the past ten years, since the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project started.
Four juvenile hawksbills and one amputee juvenile green turtle had been living in a large exhibit at The Dubai Mall in order to raise awareness of the species in the region.
“The exhibit at Dubai Mall, which highlights Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project’s rehabilitation efforts is designed to educate the many visitors to Dubai Mall on the plight of these turtles,” said Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab’s aquarium operations manager.
“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.”
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