The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and The National Aquarium ( TNA ) satellite tagged 10 turtles
The EAD, the Middle East’s largest environmental regulator and The National Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Middle East, have safely returned 250 sea turtles back into open waters.
The massive release took place at the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villa’s in Abu Dhabi.
Since its inception, the partnership between EAD and TNA has proven to be increasingly successful. The Wildlife Rescue Program has accordingly ramped up efforts this year to protect and conserve native wildlife in the UAE’s capital.
To support a rising number of cold-stunned sea turtles in Abu Dhabi, state-of-the-art facilities have been commissioned. These efforts are to streamline the process of rescue and rehabilitation for local wildlife.
Guests who visited The National Aquarium in 2022 have been able to see the rehab process first-hand for many. Children who were part of TNA’s Junior Marine Biology (JMB) Program, got the chance to assist in their rehab process.
Satellite tracking devices were fixed to the shells of 10 turtles ( three in 2021 and seven this year). This is to monitor turtles post-release for safety and research purposes.
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