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Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project

A project of Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
'JAMEEL' of Burj Al Arab HawksbillJuvenile2013-12-052014-02-2178
'JOEY' of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers LoggerheadAdult2013-12-052014-03-0792
'MASHUWA' of Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa i HawksbillJuvenile2013-12-052014-02-2077
'MOJAH' of Jumeirah Beach Hotel LoggerheadAdult2013-12-052014-07-07214
'NOOR' of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray HawksbillJuvenile2013-12-052014-05-10156
'SEABISCUIT' of Wild Wadi HawksbillSub-Adult2013-12-052014-05-20166
'SHADEED' of Madinat Jumeirah HawksbillJuvenile2013-12-052014-04-02118
AL OUDA Green TurtleAdult2016-04-202016-09-08141
ALI HawksbillJuvenile2016-06-162016-06-160
ALPHA Green TurtleJuvenile2016-06-162016-06-15-1
ANGELO Green TurtleJuvenile2016-06-162016-06-160
BEAU LoggerheadAdult2016-06-162016-09-0480
Bahar Green TurtleAdult2012-06-292012-08-2153
Balsam HawksbillJuvenile2015-06-162015-10-30136
Bob Green TurtleAdult2012-06-292012-10-19112
CRUSH HawksbillJuvenile2014-04-082014-06-1568
Dibba Green TurtleSub-Adult2008-02-162008-11-01259
Emerald Green TurtleSub-Adult2011-11-252012-07-02220
JOSS HawksbillJuvenile2014-08-142014-10-2269
Jade Green TurtleAdult2009-11-112010-09-17310
JuZaSa HawksbillJuvenile2012-06-292012-12-17171
Jumeirah HawksbillJuvenile2015-06-162015-09-0783
Kruneloni LoggerheadSub-Adult2012-06-302013-01-08192
LEONARDO HawksbillSub-Adult2013-05-302013-12-09193
Lepi Green TurtleSub-Adult2012-06-292013-04-09284
Maju Green TurtleJuvenile2005-02-052005-03-2447
Moonlight Green TurtleSub-Adult2010-06-082010-10-27141
Nawfal HawksbillJuvenile2015-06-162015-10-21127
PAWEE HawksbillJuvenile2016-06-162016-06-15-1
RAPHAEL HawksbillJuvenile2015-05-142015-08-22100
SALEM LoggerheadAdult2016-05-242016-08-1179
SAM LoggerheadAdult2017-05-182018-03-22308
SANDY HawksbillJuvenile2015-05-142015-07-0148
Schwab LoggerheadAdult2014-11-092015-04-13155
Storm LoggerheadAdult2012-06-292012-12-16170
Tara HawksbillJuvenile2015-06-162015-08-1156
Thea HawksbillJuvenile2014-11-092015-06-25228
Torpedo HawksbillSub-Adult2012-06-292012-10-30123
WEF Oceans HawksbillJuvenile2014-11-092014-11-112
WEF Travel HawksbillJuvenile2014-11-092015-03-07118
Zoe HawksbillJuvenile2015-06-162015-12-27194

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In its current form the project consists of a collaborative effort between Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office (WPO) and the Jumeirah Group. It evolved from a small-time operation using fish quarantines, available locally for the occasional turtle stranding, but in 2010 alone, over 350 turtles have passed through the project and have been released into the sea. At the outset of the collaboration, the co-chairman of the Marine Turtle Specialist Group was brought in by WPO to ensure that the project followed best practice guidelines in terms of turtle handling, rehabilitation and release protocols.

Sea turtles received consist of three species, The hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata, the green Chelonia mydas and the loggerhead Caretta caretta. Although we have received turtles up to 150Kg, by far the majority of the cases we receive are juvenile hawksbills of around 1kg in weight. An ever-increasing local awareness of our project has led to more turtles being received by the project, primarily in the season from January to April, when local waters can be down to 16C. Many of the turtles passing through our hands are due to the efforts of Emirates Marine Environmental Group, TDIC and Dubai Municipality’s Environment Section, as well as contributions from individuals.

Central to the success of the project is the veterinary work provided by our colleagues at the Dubai Falcon Hospital. Original contributions and protocols for turtle receipt and treatment from Peter McKinney in the late 90’s have subsequently seen contributions from numerous successive veterinarians. Mirjam Hampel has recently left us for work in Europe, but in her time with the project she contributed enormously to the development of the project. Some of our combined work may be viewed in Wildlife Middle East articles, available online. We have also been joined by Valentina Caliendo, who brings to us her experiences of working with cold-stunned individuals in the Mediterranean and Adriatic and most recently Conor Kilgallon who is now offering his veterinary expertise.

Dubai’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (CVRL) provides support in terms of pathology, bacteriology and follow-up blood work.

Although much of our work is behind closed doors, Jumeirah Group has donated two large penned areas located at Madinat Jumeirah, which are used by the project as pre-release pens. This provides an important chance to observe behaviour of the turtles immediately prior to release. It also provides a first-class interface between the public and the turtles, contributing greatly to local awareness. In excess of 1000 school children visit the project annually and receive guided tours and information on the turtles.

The release pen is furnished with an artificial reef donated by Amusement White Water. This provides environmental enrichment to the animals within, and allows us to observe the turtle’s forage behaviour.

The Jumeirah Group has also provided all funding for the eleven satellite tags deployed to date. This provides us with the very exciting opportunity to monitor our turtles post-release. Our 2008 release, Dibba, brought fascinating data back, on its travels from UAE’s East coast to the last known position close to Thailand (8600km). We choose to share all this information via in order to contribute to the growing awareness and knowledge of turtle behaviour.

The day to day project management is from Wildlife Protection Office’s Kevin Hyland and from Burj al Arab’s Aquarium Management Warren Baverstock and David Robinson.

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