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Status of Sea Turtles in Kuwait. MARINE CONSERVATION FORUM-EWS-WWF, 11-14 September’06. By Dr. Salim Al-Mohanna & Dr. Preeta George. Status of Sea Turtles in the Gulf Past and Present. GREEN TURTLE. Different generations of green turtles. HAWKSBILL TURTLE. Top:

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Status of Sea Turtles in Kuwait

MARINE CONSERVATION FORUM-EWS-WWF, 11-14 September’06

By

Dr. Salim Al-Mohanna

&

Dr. Preeta George


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Status of Sea Turtles in the GulfPast and Present


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GREEN TURTLE

Different generations of green turtles


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HAWKSBILL TURTLE

Top:

Two adult hawksbill turtles, one under the coral reef and the other near the water surface

Bottom:

Juvenile Hawksbill turtle


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LOGGERHEAD TURTLE

Right (Top & bottom): Adult female trapped in Hadhra at south of Kuwait was rescued and released back into sea

Adult female sighted swimming near surface in the southern part of Kuwait


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LEATHERBACK TURTLE

Adult female was caught by gill net. Prof. Meakins and a member of the Diving Team are seen carrying out morphological measurements


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TURTLE NESTING SITES

Umm Al-Maradim Island

Qaruh Island

Mainland shore


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GREEN TURTLE NESTING

1

2

1 Just Emerged from sea

2 Nesting

3 Post nesting

3


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HAWKSBILL TURTLE NESTING


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EGG LAYING


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NEST SIZE AND SHAPE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GREEN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLE

Green Turtle Nest

Hawksbill Turtle Nest


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DIFFERENCE IN EGG SIZE OF GREEN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLE

HATCHING OF GREEN AND HAWKSBILL EGGS


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TURTLE TRACK

GREEN TURTLE TRACK WITH TAIL SCORING IN THE MIDDLE

HAWKSBILL TRACK WITHOUT TAIL SCORING


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EMERGENCE OF HATCHLINGS

Hawksbill

Hatchling Track

Green

Sheikha Amthal and Dr. Salim Al-Mohanna watch as the hatchlings emerge


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NATURAL THREATS

A ghost crab seen feasting on a turtle hatchling

Sea birds gathered along the shore in wait for a prey


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ANTHROPOGENIC THREATS

Natural nesting site of Umm Al-Maradim before construction

Nesting site of Umm Al-Maradim as construction work is in progress


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DESTRUCTION OF NESTING SITES

Above: Pebbles and cement left behind after construction finished, depriving the turtles to find suitable nesting ground

Right: Modification of sandy shore leads to loss of nesting ground


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THREAT FROM FISHING GEARS


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OIL POLLUTION VICTIMS

Leatherback Turtle

Green Turtle


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GUN FIRE VICTIMS

Teens gun shot

Iraqi warfare


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Rescue operation in progress


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Turtles are tagged before being released


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Heading toward their natural home


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Volunteers pose for a photograph just before the release of 4 turtles


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Volunteers from Kuwait Diving Team seen to assist in measuring the nest size


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Members of task team of the on-going project engaged in measuring a turtle track on one of the island of Kuwait


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MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PHYLOGENY

Agarose gel image shows PCR amplified product


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THANK YOU FOR CARING


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