Thursday, 14 Nov 2019 | 17 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Masirah Island: Key environmental and tourist site in the sultanate

Masirah Island: Key environmental and tourist website in the sultanate

The island has the second biggest gathering in the planet and the biggest in the Indian Ocean of the loggerhead turtle exactly where about 30,000 to 60,000 turtles nest annually.

There are two much more kinds of turtles. Around 150 olive turtles lay their eggs on the shores of Masirah Island annually, although the hawksbill turtle nestles on Masirah Island and the Damaniyat Islands. Their gathering in the sultanate is deemed to be the biggest in the planet, with 500 to 1,500 eggs per year.

The green turtle nestles on most of Masirah beaches, but in little numbers compared to its biggest gathering at Ras al Hadd.

A report published by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs stated that the sultanate has created efforts to preserve and shield its sea turtles. It has also taken the lead in several elements associated to the management of the turtles’ habitats.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the turtles nesting in Oman are all at threat, and the Damaniyat Islands are much more vulnerable to the critically endangered category.

The sultanate has shouldered this duty as the most essential location amongst the nations of the area for nesting sea turtles, specifically the loggerhead turtle, the green turtle, and the hawksbill turtle.

The sultanate was the initial to survey and count the turtles on its shores, and to carry out an ambitious lengthy-term marine turtle breeding programme in Oman.

With its special geographical place, Masirah Island is an essential location for bird watching and studying birds, exactly where a huge quantity of birds, namely herons, flamingos, gulls and barn swallows, as effectively as migratory birds coming from the Arabian Peninsula, India, Pakistan, East Africa, the plains of Siberia, and Europe.

Dr Hamad bin Mohammed al Ghailani, director of Community Affairs and Environmental Awareness at the Environment Society of Oman stated that the eastern sea of Masirah Island is an essential website for humpback whale, which is believed to be a sort of humpback whale separated from other species about the planet. It is deemed to be the most frequent sort of whale identified in the sultanate (estimated 200 whales).

In the identical place there is a type of dolphin known as bottlenose.

The little island of Marsis, which is positioned in the western element of the middle of the Masirah Island, is a breeding region of sea birds, which includes the sooty gull and roseate tern.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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