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Green turtle returns to Oman after 20 years

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Muscat: A green turtle numbered (45470) in November of 2001 has returned to the beaches of the Sultanate of Oman after 20 years of its first visit, according to Oman Environment Authority.


In a statement, the EA said, “The Environment Department in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate managed to spot a green turtle returning to the beaches of Ras Al-Jinz after more than 20 years of recording its first visit”.


Meanwhile, the Environment Authority has already launched the second phase of the project of tracking sea turtles via satellite technology. According to EA, the project aims to enhance informational contributions to study the nesting conditions and natural habitat of sea turtles. Five tracking devices were installed in the Ras Al Jinz area to achieve this objective. The project seeks to monitor threats facing turtle migration, reduce environmental risks, conduct surveys, study the nesting conditions and natural habitats of turtles, understand the behaviour of turtles in nesting and feeding areas, track a greater number of green turtles in Ras Al Hadd and combine local and international efforts to apply best practices in protecting sea turtles.


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