Abu Dhabi is home to a host of amazing species of animals but some need protection in order to recover their numbers in the wild.
Native to the coasts of the capital, the Hawksbill turtle is one of the most protected species in the region.
Thankfully the number of turtles living off the shore of the emirate is about to receive a boost.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will be releasing 70 turtles into the ocean on Wednesday April 24, in partnership with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD).
A number of differet species will be released after being rehabilitated by the EAD in preparation for returning to the ocean.
Saadiyat Island is an established nesting site for turtle species and the nesting season takes place between March and June each year.
Interestingly, many adult female turtles will only lay eggs at the site where they hatched, so female hatchlings born on Saadiyat Island will hopefully return to the shores in adulthood to give birth to the next generation.
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