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Sea turtles spotted in Fujairah

(Staff Reporter)
Filed on November 9, 2011

FUJAIRAH - Hotel guests in Fujairah had a pleasant surprise as sea turtles were sighted near the coast. Guests at Le Méridien Al Aqah beach resort sighted the sea turtles when snorkelling and swimming in the ocean off the resort’s beach, according to hotel officials.

The return of sea turtles has been attributed to the newly-added beach protection wall as the resort constructed wave barriers away from the shore as well as a landscaped retention wall on the beach to lessen the impact of waves on the shore and prevent beach erosion.

“Our beautiful beach is one of our main attractions so it is imperative that we do all what we can to raise environmental understanding and assist with protection. This has become a top priority for us in recent years and we take it very seriously,” said Patrick Antaki, general manager, Le Méridien Al Aqah.

The numerous images captured by guests are a testament to the hotel’s continuous efforts to protect its waters and the marine life in them.

“Sea Turtles are one of the most commonly recognised endangered animals. Their demise in fishing nets has prompted international efforts to stop their extinction. It is, therefore heartening to see that they’re back in our waters thanks to concerted efforts and initiatives such as the Reef Project and the protection wall,” he added.

Environmental initiatives by the hotel include the Project Aware clean up, the Al Aqah Reef Ball project, Clean up Arabia and International year of the reef campaign etc. Last year, the resort had participated in the first ever wild whale shark tagging programme in the region.

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