The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project has released 100 young critically endangered Hawksbill turtles and one huge Loggerhead turtle back into the wild.

With the help of members of the public, fishermen, EAD rangers and stakeholders, these turtles were rescued over the last winter and kept under the supervision and research of the agency. Often infested with and weighed down by barnacles, these young reptiles are sensitive to rough sea conditions and get washed ashore.

Worldwide, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List classifies the Hawksbill turtle as critically endangered.

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Ayesha Al Blooshi, Director of Marine Biodiversity, said: ‘It’s wonderful to see the excitement on people’s faces as they get a rare opportunity to interact with these beautiful sea turtles up close.”

“It’s important that the public understands that as wonderful as they are, these are endangered wild animals and must be treated appropriately and handed over to authorities for expert care,” Al Blooshi said.

Every turtle was rescued in the UAE & rehabilitated over the winter months. The team worked tirelessly to make sure that each & every turtle was safely back where they belong. They were accompanied by kids from the Dubai British School who raised funds for the Loggerheads (Salem) satellite tag.

You can track Salem here: www.seaturtle.org

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