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Distance travelled 297kmRace ranking 21 Votes 41 Popularity ranking 22 MAWEYYAH Anonymous sponsor At the end of the race, Maweyyah is believed to be foraging.

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1 Distance travelled 297kmRace ranking 21 Votes 41 Popularity ranking 22 MAWEYYAH Anonymous sponsor At the end of the race, Maweyyah is believed to be foraging at a site in the corner between Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. After nesting on Sir Bu Nair island, in Sharjah, UAE, Maweyyah was fitted with a satellite transmitter and fitted with a Monel tag bearing the number 1123 and marked with ERWDA. She measuring 75.3 cm in Curved Carapace length. Distance travelled 299kmRace ranking 20 Votes 57 Popularity ranking 10 ESTIDAMA Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Barnacle-encrusted Estidama was recognised by EAD due to her flipper tag ERWDA1471 fitted in Her shell was then fitted with a satellite tracking device on Quernain Island. Estidama finished the Great Gulf Turtle Race by continuing to inhabit a feeding ground some 5-10 km WSW of Sir Bani Yas, in the western reaches of Abu Dhabi. Distance travelled 169kmRace ranking 22 Votes 46 Popularity ranking 19 KHANFAROOSH Sponsored by Sheikha Salam bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation Khanfaroosh has remained at a feeding area off the mainland coast of Oman, opposite Masirah Island after being fitted with her tag there. Measuring an impressive 83cm in Curved Carapace length - and after laying eggs, Khanfaroosh was tagged by the Omani rangers and Environment Society of Oman staff with a titanium tag bearing the number on the left flipper and on the right. Distance travelled 379kmRace ranking 13 Votes 63 Popularity ranking 9 MALABO Sponsored by Géant/Le Marché Malabo continues to swim within her feeding grounds off the southern tip of Masirah Island at the end of the race. She measured an impressive 81cm in Curved Carapace length and was tagged by the Omani rangers with a titanium tag bearing the number after successfully laying a clutch of eggs. Distance travelled 398kmRace ranking 12 Votes 52 Popularity ranking 12 FLORES Sponsored by Géant/Le Marché After laying a clutch of eggs on Sir Bu Nair island, in Sharjah, UAE, Flores was fitted with a satellite transmitter the following morning and tagged with a Monel tag bearing the number 1124 and marked with ERWDA as the return address prior to release. Flores decided to end her race in an area she is familiar with: a decent foraging ground 30 km south of Sir Bu Nair. Distance travelled 399kmRace ranking 11 Votes 50 Popularity ranking 13 RAYHANA Sponsored by Gulftainer Finishing the race just outside the top 10 is Rayhana, who continues to feed at a site off the mainland coast of Oman close to her compatriot Khanferoosh. She measured an impressive 83cm in Curved Carapace length and after laying eggs was tagged by the Omani rangers and Environment Society of Oman staff with a titanium tag bearing the number on the left flipper and on the right. Distance travelled 431kmRace ranking 10 Votes 52 Popularity ranking 11 Hurriya Sponsored by Mubadala Hurriya was covered in algae when she came to lay her 121 eggs. She has since taken up residence at a feeding spot south of Dalmah, in the SW corner of the Gulf, where she continued to forage up until the end of the Great Gulf Turtle Race. Found by EAD rangers earlier in the morning, tagged with new titanium tags bearing numbers EAD0007(L) EAD0005(R) and measured 76 cm in curved carapace length. Taking the turtle tagging team by surprise after emerging from the water in the afternoon (most turtles nest at night time), C now resides on the west side of Qatar close to the Zikreet peninsula after travelling more than 300km during the race. Measuring 72.5 cm in Curved Carapace length and carrying a monel tag bearing number QU0368, C was fitted with a shiny new transmitter to keep the Marine Turtle Conservation Project up-to-date with her movements. Distance travelled 339kmRace ranking 17 Votes 84 Popularity ranking 5 C Sponsored by College of North Atlantic in Qatar Distance travelled 341kmRace ranking 16 Votes 170 Popularity ranking 3 OTOHIME Sponsored by Bridgestone Middle East & Africa Thanks to the satellite transmitter attached to Otohimes shell, the turtle tagging team were able to locate her at the end of the race. She swam west towards Saudi Arabia, then south towards Qatar and is now chilling out at a feeding ground just 60km north of Bahrain. The Iran Department of Environment rangers also affixed a shiny titanium tag too: IR 710 to recognise her in future. Distance travelled 487kmRace ranking 5 Votes 1,844 Popularity ranking 1 AMAL Sponsored by Fairmont Starting in the UAE, Amal migrated to a site just 60 km off the coast of Qatar by the end of the race placing her in a respectable 7 th place. Measuring 68.4 cm in Curved Carapace length, she laid a clutch of eggs on Sir Bu Nair Island just off Sharjah, UAE, and was fitted with a satellite transmitter the following morning. She was also fitted with a Monel tag bearing the number 1125 and marked with ERWDA. Distance travelled 456kmRace ranking 7 Votes 75 Popularity ranking 7 N Sponsored by College of North Atlantic Qatar After laying a clutch of 106 eggs in Qatar, N was fitted with a Monel tag bearing number QU0381, along with her shiny new transmitter. At the end of the Great Gulf Turtle Race N had covered more than 450km around the Gulf and now continues to inhabit a feeding ground some 60 km north of Bahrain. Distance travelled 450kmRace ranking 8 Votes 76Popularity ranking 6 A Sponsored by College of North Atlantic in Qatar After laying 111 eggs, A felt it was time for a rest and now occupies a feeding spot off the NE coast of Qatar. She measured 70 cm in Curved Carapace length and carries a monel tag bearing number QU0383, along with her satellite transmitter. Distance travelled 477kmRace ranking 6 Votes 74 Popularity ranking 8 TOODLES Sponsored by 7days Her name picked by readers of 7Days, Toodles concluded the race in style at a feeding ground in the middle of the Gulf. Tagged in Nahiloo Island just off the Iranian coast and now sporting a titanium tag numbered IR708, Toodles has swam just under 500km which places her near the top of the leader board, but not close enough to be in the top 3. Distance travelled 323kmRace ranking 19 Votes 47 Popularity ranking 16 LATIFA Sponsored by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Found nesting by EAD rangers on a stretch of UAE coastline, Latifa was fitted with tags numbered EAD0008(L) and EAD0010(R) before the tracking team to kitted her out with a satellite transmitter. At the end of the Great Gulf Turtle Race she was located living in a large area off the coast by Quernain Island. Distance travelled 516kmRace ranking 4 Votes 119 Popularity ranking 4 JOURNEY Sponsored by Bridgestone Middle East & Africa Journey, measuring a large 81cm, was tagged by the Omani rangers with a titanium tag bearing the number as well as the satellite tag. Although she did not lay a clutch of eggs that night even after two attempts, she did return to nest just two days later. After heading off the Arabian Peninsula to the SE, we have not heard again from Journey. Distance travelled 325kmRace ranking 18 Votes 46 Popularity ranking 20 HASSA Sponsored by Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation Nesting on Masirah Island, Hassa was measured at 78.5 cm in Curved Carapace length on the night she was fitted with her transmitter. She was tagged by the Omani rangers and Environment Society of Oman staff with a titanium tag bearing the number so that we can recognise her again when she comes back to nest. Hassa has clocked up a fair more than 300 km and now inhabits a large foraging area SW of her nesting ground. Distance travelled 350kmRace ranking 15 Votes 34 Popularity ranking 23 KHADRA Sponsored by Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation Distance travelled 442kmRace ranking 9 Votes 47 Popularity ranking 17 BABY T Sponsored by Anonymous Found by rangers from EAD, Baby T was tagged with flipper tags EAD003 and EAD004 as part of ongoing monitoring efforts and then had a new transmitter attached. The night she was tagged Baby T emerged to nest on Quernain island, some 85km due north of the coast of Abu Dhabi, but did not get a lay any eggs that night. As the race drew to a close, Baby T was located off the coast of Dalmah, ranging over a wide area to the north and east of the island, in western Abu Dhabi. Distance travelled 521kmRace ranking 3 Votes 49 Popularity ranking 14 SHEEVA Sponsored by Géant/Le Marché Taking third place is Sheeva with over 500km to her name. After nesting half way up the coast of Iran at Nahiloo Island, Sheeva was fitted with her transmitter. Since then she has been sending us signals of her locations. She was tagged by the Department of Environment rangers with tag IT 706, and measured 69.8 cm in Curved Carapace Length. During the race Sheeva headed directly south towards the UAE, and she has now taken up residence off Jebel Ali in the UAE. Distance travelled 6kmRace ranking 23 Votes 44 Popularity ranking Sponsored by: No Sponsor With an 81cm Curved Carapace length, turtle was one of the first to be tagged in Oman close to Masirah Island. After laying eggs she was tagged by the Omani rangers and Environment Society of Oman staff with a titanium tag bearing the number so she can be recognised in the future. At the end of the race she was still swimming close to Masirah Island. Distance travelled 537kmRace ranking 2 Votes 46 Popularity ranking Sponsored by: No Sponsor As one of the larger Gulf turtles tagged this year measuring 74.4 cm in Curved Carapace Length, has landed herself in second place in terms of distance travelled. She left Nahiloo Island in Iran and headed directly south towards the UAE. Sporting a Department of Environment tag numbered IR 709, she has since taken up residence off Jebel Ali in the UAE. Distance travelled 670kmRace ranking 1 Votes 1,263Popularity ranking 2 SPEEDY Sponsored by Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa Speedy certainly lived up to her name in this race by clocking up an impressive 670km and as a result clinching the title of Long Distance Traveller. She was tagged by the Department of Environment rangers with tag IT 707 on Nahiloo Island, just off Iran, and measured 67.2 cm in Curved Carapace length. Near the end of the race, Speedy really put her flippers to good use as she headed due south from her nesting grounds in Iran and found a foraging ground within the islands just off Abu Dhabi. Distance travelled 370kmRace ranking 14 Votes 49 Popularity ranking 15 SALOME Sponsored by Géant/Le Marché Cooling down at the end of the race, Salome now lies close to Delmah, at the western end of Abu Dhabi. She emerged to lay eggs on a beach inside Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar at 6.30pm and by 9.30pm she was still laying eggs. It seemed to take forever, but after laying 93 eggs she was fitted with a transmitter and has been sending signals of her locations ever since. Salome was already known to the Qatar Turtle Project as she carried titanium tags QA0330 and QA0331. Rounding up her race, Khadhra has found a cosy foraging ground some 30 km off the inland sea, off South Qatar, where she now resides. She was tagged on a dark stretch of Fuwairi beach in Qatar. Because of high humidity the tagging team were unable to fit the transmitter until the following morning. Measuring 67.5 cm in Curved Carapace length, Khadra also now sports a monel tag bearing number QU0369.


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