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Oman 2008: Olive Ridley Turtles of Masirah

A project of Marine Turtle Research Group in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Amira Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-312009-07-06462
Badriya Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-302008-06-0971
Havda Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-292008-08-21145
Iman Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-282009-02-06315
Maisoon Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-292008-09-24179
Noor Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-272008-12-08256
Sara Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-262008-06-0975
Shamsa Olive RidleyAdult2008-04-012008-12-18261
Zena Olive RidleyAdult2008-03-282008-08-11136

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Masirah Island hosts four species of nesting turtles, Loggerheads, Greens, Hawksbills and Olive Ridleys. The Olive Ridley nesting population is the only one in the Arabian Peninsula. These turtles are poorly studied and no migration information is available to date.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs of Oman has recently intensified its efforts to gain more knowledge on sea turtles, focusing on satellite telemetry.

Within the context of these efforts and as a continuation of the three-year turtle conservation project, which included the pioneering and successful Loggerhead telemetry mission on Masirah Island in May 2006, TOTAL S.A. Muscat and TOTAL Corporate Foundation for Biodiversity and the Sea are now sponsoring this Olive Ridley telemetry project.

Olive ridley migration and behaviour are, in general, poorly studied and hence this project will provide vital information, not only for this population but for this species as a whole.

Later, in the summer of 2008, a Green turtle telemetry project will take place at Masirah providing evidence of migration routes and raising awareness of this threatened and depleted population.

Project Partners

The scientific work is undertaken by ALan Rees, PhD student with the MTRG at the University of Exeter, with additional advice and assistance from Michael Coyne of SEATURTLE.ORG. This project is carried out under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs of Oman.



Project Sponsors

The project is funded by Total SA, Muscat Branch and the TOTAL Corporate Foundation for Biodiversity and the Sea.


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