A Loggerhead Turtle found, recued and taken care of by the joint efforts of Abu Dhabi and the Nation Aquarium team of specialists had to overcome a series of different challenges to save the turtle from the heavy damages inflicted by the fishing net.
Throughout her intensive two-week treatment plan, the rescued turtle received outstanding levels of care, including overseas attention from Vets Dr. Claire and Dr. Max who are based in the UK and Florida respectively, and are part of the Sea Turtle Resuce Alliance which is a global network for sea turtle rescue centres to share clinical knowledge and data to enhance medical practices at facilities worldwide.
As they began to operate on her, they found multiple broken bones and expelled swelling due to the damage caused from the net, which sadly led to the loss of another one of the turtle’s flippers. This means that she will not be able to survive alone back in the wild, as she was found already missing one flipper due to unknown causes, and will have to remain within the aquarium for permanent care.
Loggerhead Sea Turtles are a fundamental link in the marine ecosystem and help maintain the health of coral reefs and seagrass beds which are essential to the survival of all oceanic life. The National Aquarium calls upon all citizens and fishermen around the UAE to always respect the nature that surrounds them and remember the collective consequences of their daily actions.
EAD calls on the community to report injured wildlife or environmental emergencies, through the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre at 800555.