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On World Sea Turtle Day, Jumeirah Group honours marine conservation efforts

On World Sea Turtle Day, Jumeirah Group honours marine conservation efforts

In honour of World Sea Turtle Day 2023, the Jumeirah Group’s Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project released 15 Hawksbill and 6 Green Turtles from its Jumeirah Al Naseem beach. Both turtles are endangered species. The release commemorates the day designated to recognise the significance of these wonderful animals and their crucial contribution to the harmony of marine habitat

A huge female green turtle with carapace injury from a boat strike and Zippy, a male hawksbill turtle, were two of the turtles that were successfully rehabilitated.

Zippy was found in poor condition floating close to the Ras al Khaimah beach in October 2022 and reported via the 800 TURTLE helpline. Zippy was then saved by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP). Zippy had a severe lung infection, gut impaction from consuming plastic garbage, and was fully coated in barnacles. The DTPR devotes its entire existence to saving endangered turtle species like the hawksbill turtle, which nests annually along this Gulf coast despite being highly endangered.

Katerina Giannouka, chief executive officer of Jumeirah Group, served as the event’s host. In her welcome remarks, she made the following observation: “With many of our resorts being coastal, both here in the Middle East as well as in Europe, Indonesia, and the Maldives, we see first-hand the impact that climate change has on precious marine species and these delicate ecosystems.”
“Coastal resilience and biodiversity health are critical to Jumeirah as a company and for the global travel and hospitality industry,” Giannouka continued. We have a responsibility to take action right away, spread awareness, work together, and promote advancements towards a sustainable future for all.

His Excellency Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Bin Khalid Al Qasimi, the DTRP Project Ambassador, as well as important partners from the government, academia, and NGOs, attended the release. Representatives from Yas Sea World Research and Rescue, which gave Zippy a CT scan at the beginning of his incredible recovery odyssey, were also there.

Source: traveldailymedia

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