Baby turtles have been released off Saadiyat Island
To mark World Ocean’s Day on 8th June, Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas released 19 lost baby turtles back into the wild.
The resort team was supported by Saadiyat’s beach patrol team and NYU Abu Dhabi.
The babies are Hawksbill turtles, which are critically endangered. Hawksbills have an average lifespan of 30 to 50 years and females can lay between 100 to 150 eggs during a season.
While Saadiyat Island is home to both Green turtles and Hawksbills, only the latter nest on the island.
In Abu Dhabi, the nesting season runs from around March to June where females return to the beach where they were born to lay their own nests.
These recently released babies came from one of half a dozen nests that were protected by beach patrol volunteers this year.
Every year, teams of volunteers in Abu Dhabi walk the coast of Saadiyat Island on turtle patrol, searching for tracks, clues of nests being laid and babies hatching.
New nests are protected to ensure the public don’t disturb them, dig up eggs and the babies have no issues hatching.