Dubai, 11 September 2017: After twelve years of dedicated research and analysis, Jumeirah Group’s Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) team has condensed its results into the first scientific paper published in the UAE to document the long term satellite tracking of Green Turtles, which proves sea turtles can be successfully reintroduced into the wild after sustaining serious injuries and undergoing rehabilitation.
The manuscript focuses on the satellite tagging of eight rehabilitated green sea turtles from the United Arab Emirates and includes details of the longest tracked journey ever recorded for the species. This journey was made by Dibba who travelled from Fujairah to the Andaman Sea, a total distance of 8,283 km. The journey is also the first regional movement linking sea turtles from the Middle East to South East Asia.
Dibba was found on the east coast of the UAE in 2006 with a massive head trauma and was close to death upon arrival at the DTRP. Her rehabilitation took 546 days and treatment was given for both the original injury and subsequent illnesses associated with her injury.
After being monitored for several months in a large sea-fed enclosure, Dibba was released close to the area where she was found. She then travelled 8283 km from the UAE, to Omani waters, crossing the Arabian Sea to the Maldives, before proceeding to Sri Lanka and entering the Bay of Bengal where the last transmission was made close to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Further results of the tagging showed that the green turtles in this study utilised the shallow coastal waters between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where they washed ashore before being rescued.
Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah's Aquarium Operations Manager, said: ’We are very proud of our achievements to date through the project and this scientific paper shows the results from our early years of tagging green sea turtles. Dibba's journey is particularly exciting and demonstrates that international collaboration is needed to help manage and conserve sea turtle populations. The paper also demonstrates that sea turtles can be successfully re-introduced into the wild after sustaining injuries and undergoing prolonged periods of rehabilitation.”
Throughout the project, the team have treated and released over 1300 sea turtles back into UAE waters and have satellite tagged over 50 sea turtles. The team has been satellite tagging sea turtles for over 12 years with their first tag placed on a green sea turtle called 'Maju' in 2005.
This scientific paper is a massive achievement for the Jumeirah Group’s sea turtle conservation work, with the collation of nearly 12 years of green sea turtle tracking data.
The paper is open access so that anybody can download it from the Plos One website for free here. The DTRP is one of the longest standing corporate social responsibility initiatives in the region and the only project of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region.
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Information about Jumeirah CSR click here
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Photos of the turtles click here
To watch the turtles being tagged click here
The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Jumeirah Al Naseem. It is run by Burj Al Arab's dedicated aquarium team in collaboration with the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. 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. http://www.jumeirah.com/turtles
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