Abu Dhabi: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced that 217 Hawksbill turtles have hatched at the company’s Al Taweelah beach this summer nesting season.
Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Each year, EGA’s Sustainability team and volunteers from across the company clear the beach of washed-up rubbish throughout the nesting season, monitor visiting turtles, and protect nests.
Some 110 nests have been laid on the beach next to EGA’s operations since the program began in 2011, with more than 7,200 turtles successfully hatched.
EGA also works with the Jumeirah Group’s Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to rescue and rehabilitate injured and sick turtles, although no turtles that needed care were found this year.
Hawksbill turtles have an average lifespan of 30 to 50 years, and a female can lay over 100 eggs during each nesting season. Hawksbills are usually seen in tropical oceans. Additionally, they consume sea anemones and jellyfish.
Sea turtles are the modern-day descendants of a group of reptiles that have roamed the Earth’s seas for the past 100 million years. They play a crucial role in marine ecosystems, contributing to the well-being of coral reefs and seagrass beds.