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The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project At Jumeirah

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The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project At Jumeirah

By Elegant Resorts Travel Experts

Posted: 21 January 2015

Turtles are a protected species across most of the world and the Hawksbill species, which is native to the Middle East, is listed as critically endangered. With just an estimated 8,000 nesting females left worldwide, The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) − currently the only one of its kind in the region − plays a vital role in the conservation of these creatures. Since it was set up in 2004 it has treated and released over 560 injured or sick sea turtles that were found washed up on the beach, back into Dubai’s waters. The types of injuries or sickness that the turtles may be found with include those caused by entanglement or ingestion of plastic waste discarded into the sea. During their recovery, these marine animals receive veterinary examinations and treatment as necessary, before they are transferred to the Mina A’Salam turtle enclosure. Here, the turtles continue to be monitored and once they are fully rehabilitated they are released. In addition, the DTRP gathers information from satellite tracking which enables them to help educate local people and tourists about sea turtle biology and conservation.

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