2014 March 16 04:00
The Big Jumeirah Sea Turtle Race winner announced
Dubai, 16 March 2014: The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) is proud to announce Mojah, a 64kg loggerhead, as the winner of the Big Jumeirah Sea Turtle Race. Sponsored by Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Mojah saw off all the competition, clocking up 1086 km and winning the race by 179 kms.
All seven turtles, including five critically endangered hawksbills and two loggerheads, were released in December 2013 after being rescued by members of the public and nursed back to health by the DTRP team.
They were fitted with satellite transmitters, each one sponsored by a Jumeirah property, and then released back into the wild from the beach at Madinat Jumeirah (watch video here). In total, the turtles clocked up 3,688 kms visiting many islands off the UAE’s shore. The turtles spent most of their time in the UAE’s waters while Joey, a large loggerhead, swam 907km through the Strait of Hormuz and settled off the town of Kalba on the Fujairah coastline.
The Big Jumeirah Sea Turtle Race is a fun initiative designed to inform the public about the plight of the sea turtle, while collecting valuable information about the animals after they are released.
Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab’s Aquarium Operations Manager, said: “This year’s race has been very successful and Joey showed us movement out of the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz which is extremely important for us to document. Our candidates for the race are selected to represent not only different species, but also different ages and genders. Our turtle race allows us to investigate habitat use from sea turtles of all types, a fundamental necessity for conservation planning. Although the race is over, the turtles will continue to travel and transmit their locations until their tag’s batteries run out, so we can all still follow our favourite animals.”
Hawksbills Mashua, sponsored by Kuwait’s Jumeirah Messilah Beach Resort and Spa travelled 433km; Noor, sponsored by Jumeirah Zabeel Saray travelled 412km; Seabiscuit, sponsored by Wild Wadi travelled 406km; Shadeed, sponsored by Madinat Jumeirah travelled 382km; and Jameel sponsored by Burj Al Arab, travelled 66km after spending time sheltering from the cold close to home near Burj Al Arab.
The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah in conjunction with the Wildlife Protection Office and is the only project of its kind in the Middle East. Essential veterinary services are provided by Dubai Falcon Clinic and Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the hawksbill turtle has seen an 87% decline in population over the last three decades with only an estimated 8,000 nesting females left in the world.
The turtles can continue to be tracked here and updates will be given on Facebook here. Since 2004, the project has successfully released over 562 rescued sea turtles and in 2011 alone over 350 sick or injured sea turtles were treated by the DTRP.
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Notes to Editors:
- To track the turtles click here
- For more information about the project on Facebook click here
- For more information about Jumeirah CSR click here
- For more information about the DTRP click here
- For photos of Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, please click here
The project impacts the national, regional and international sea turtle populations by increasing the number of animals in the environment that would have otherwise perished. Only one out of 1000 sea turtle hatchlings will reach sexual maturity. By saving these animals and releasing them back into the wild we are increasing the chances of the number of turtles that could possibly reaching breeding age. The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme.
For further information please contact:
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
Director of External Communications
PO Box 73137, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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