The original ‘guests’ of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, the Hawksbill sea turtles, continue to nest on the destination’s sweeping beachfront. The nine kilometre Saadiyat Beach plays host to several Hawksbill turtle nests every year. The Hawksbill is listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, as its population has declined by more than 80 per cent worldwide over the last three generations due to habitat destruction and poaching.
This one is super special photo taken in Jul 2007 and branded Saadiyat Island beach quality until today to be one of the finest because Hawksbill sea turtles are nesting here which are strictly protected by the islands conservation team every year. And You can imagine how many times I had been visiting the nests until finally most of the nests hatched so that we could document the troublesome way to safety opening up huge opportunity for the involved parties to develop Saadiyat Island with an hero image attached to their agenda.
Saadiyat Island – turtle hatch lings wandering off to safety at sea
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE