jade is the third turtle fitted with a satellite platform by a collaborative project between the Wildlife Protection Office, Dubai, and the Jumeirah Hotel Group. She formed part of a group of 14 other turtles, Hawksbills, that were released on 11th November 2009, taking the number of turles released this year alone to 68.
Jade is presumed female, although this was not confirmed. She was received earlier this year at a period when Dubai’s waters were at their coldest. Although body condition appeared good and no physical injury was apparent, she exhibited extreme lethargy, positive bouyancy, and no interest in feeding. All veterinary aspects of the project are handled by al Wasl veterinary Clinic, Dubai. Blood tests indicated that the turtle was fighting an infection so a course of antibiotics was given, combined with force-feeding, vitamins and housing in inside recuperation facilities at 25C. This enabled the team to return teh turtle to full health.
Jade has now travelled asome distance ina North Easterly direction, and has already left Dubai waters for the neighbouring Emirate.
A fuller illustrated account of her story, and that of the Hawksbills released at the same time, will appear shortly so please login again soon to the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project to track her progress! Many thanks for your interest!