Status of sea turtles in Kuwait - Panda

Status of sea turtles in Kuwait - Panda

Status of Sea Turtles in Kuwait MARINE CONSERVATION FORUM-EWS-WWF, 11-14 September06 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 Two adult hawksbill turtles, one under the coral reef and the other near the water surface :Bottom

Juvenile Hawksbill turtle 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

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

TURTLE NESTING SITES Umm Al-Maradim Island

Mainland shore Qaruh Island GREEN TURTLE NESTING

1 2 Just Emerged from sea 1 Nesting 2 Post nesting 3

3 HAWKSBILL TURTLE NESTING

EGG LAYING NEST SIZE AND SHAPE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN GREEN AND

HAWKSBILL TURTLE Green Turtle Nest Hawksbill Turtle Nest

DIFFERENCE IN EGG SIZE OF GREEN AND HAWKSBILL TURTLE

HATCHING OF GREEN AND HAWKSBILL EGGS TURTLE TRACK

GREEN TURTLE TRACK WITH TAIL SCORING IN THE MIDDLE HAWKSBILL TRACK WITHOUT TAIL SCORING

EMERGENCE OF HATCHLINGS Hawksbill Green Sheikha Amthal and Dr. Salim AlMohanna watch as the hatchlings

emerge Hatchling Track NATURAL THREATS A ghost crab seen feasting on a turtle

hatchling Sea birds gathered along the shore in wait for a prey ANTHROPOGENIC THREATS

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

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 THREAT FROM FISHING GEARS

OIL POLLUTION VICTIMS Leatherback Turtle Green Turtle

GUN FIRE VICTIMS Teens gun shot Iraqi warfare Rescue operation in progress

Turtles are tagged before being released Heading toward their natural home Volunteers pose for a photograph just before the release of 4 turtles

Volunteers from Kuwait Diving Team seen to assist in measuring the nest size Members of task team of the on-going project engaged in measuring a turtle track on one of the island of Kuwait

MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PHYLOGENY Agarose gel image shows PCR amplified product THANK YOU FOR

CARING

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