Last week I finally had the opportunity to meet and greet some turtles that live in a Turtle Rehabilitation at Jumeirah Al Naseem.
I was aware that there is a non-profit organization in Dubai where rescued turtles are taken care of. New for me was that the turtles had just got a brand new home in a large luxury premises designed for turtles where you can go and visit them any time of the day. The feeding time and the information given was an eye-opening experience which made me not only to respect their work more, but also to appreciate the reality.
Turtles in the oceans are very vulnerable. Plastic debris and nylon are causing problems for all the marine animals. It is in and around the oceans and causes nothing but harm. Even small plastics are trapped into turtles stomachs and preventing their digestive system to function normally.
Most of the turtles are staying for a few months, some several years at the rehabilitation. Illnesses are often caused by plastic debris in the waters and injuries are caused by motor boats or ski jets.
Cold and rough seas are also causing problems for turtles, especially baby turtles are washed to the beaches.
The next generation, for example school classes are warmly welcomed to visit the rehabilitation; making people aware is a step for prevention. As little as using a re-usable shopping bag instead of a plastic bag can make a huge difference to the overall waste and would have an impact to the plastic in the seas.
You can visit Turtle Lagoon any time of the day, every day of the week at Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel (new hotel next to Burja Al Arab) at Jumeirah Beach Road. From the hotel lobby follow the “Turtle Lagoon” or let the friendly hotel staff guide you to the Ground Floor.
Every Wednesday there is a feeding at 11am with a representative explaining about their important work as well as about these cute ancient creatures. No need for booking.
Turtle Feeding is suitable for all ages.
Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project has a very informative Facebook page where you can follow latest updates.