Warren and his Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) team released 50 rehabilitated turtles back to sea on the 15th of November from the Jumeirah Al Naseem beach, including endangered loggerheads, greens and hawksbills. The largest of the rescues was a green turtle, ‘Hope’, who weighed over 120kg. She had sustained severe injuries to her carapace and spent 2 years healing with the dedicated DTRP team in the Burj Al Arab’s Aquarium. 3 special cases, were amputees from various injuries.
The @dubaiturtles is based at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. The project has been running in its current form since 2004. Founded by Warren Baverstock, the DTRP is currently the only project of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region. The DTRP’s aim is to help boost the number of turtles in the wild and research their movements by tagging them with satellite tracking devices.
Warren Baverstock, said, “Since starting this project back in 2004 I have watched how these events have provided such memorable experiences to our guests and the community of Dubai. As a committed group of marine conservationists, my team and I never tire of saving these incredible animals and we feel honoured to be able to make a real difference in this region. Today’s release consists of turtles both young and old, with some surviving against very extreme odds which could not have been possible without the dedication and support from all that work on the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project. We are a truly unique conservation project within the Middle East and considered as one of the largest sea turtle projects in the world. Today is an incredibly special event and I hope that all of the turtles we have released go on to lead long lives.”
That sums up a total of 1,600 turtles that have been rehabilitated to date. Way to go!
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