Watch: How you can help save sea turtles in Abu Dhabi
Little heroes in a half-shell…
If you’ve had a dip in the sea in the last few weeks, you’ll be able to confirm the fact that… ‘it’s a bit nippy’ out there.
And humans are not alone in this seasonal shivering. According to the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the ‘fresh’ bathing temperatures are also affecting some of our local marine animals. Even those, it turns out, that are cold-blooded and wear their homes on their back.
Remarkably, the coastal winter waters are a little too cool for some of our native turtle chums, and there has been a marked increase in sea turtles being stranded on Abu Dhabi’s beaches.
If the idea of fledgling cute little freezing turtles is too much for you on a Sunday morning, you might not want to click play on the video below, but if you want to help, there is a way.
#هذه_أبوظبي بالتعاون مع هيئة البيئة-أبوظبي. pic.twitter.com/20z0EVuRo8
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) February 27, 2021
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The Environment Agency has been asking Abu Dhabi residents to report any turtle sightings on 800 555. Protecting our natural environment and surrounding ecology is a community effort.
One of our aquatic residents, the hawksbill turtle is listed as critically endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species
هيئة البيئة-أبوظبي و “ذا ناشونال اكواريوم” يطلقان جهودا مشتركة لإنقاذ السلاحف البحرية التي تنجرف إلى شواطئ #أبوظبي خلال شهور الشتاء بسبب برودة مياه البحر، وتناشدان أفراد المجتمع للإبلاغ عن أي سلاحف محصورة بالاتصال على الرقم المجاني 800555. pic.twitter.com/KBSXl5G26C
— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) February 25, 2021
Images: Abu Dhabi Media Office