• Media ID-3679

    Extreme E has collaborated with the Ba’a Foundation, an organisation that focuses on preserving endangered species, natural habitats and historical sites to support turtle conservation along the Red Sea coastline.

  • Media ID-3680

    Extreme E will support the protection of the endangered green turtle and the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, which are under threat for a variety of reasons including:

    • Entanglement in fishing gear
    • Illegal trade of eggs, which are considered a delicacy in some countries, and turtleshells
    • Coastal development including building on nesting beaches
    • Plastic debris
    • Climate change causing rising sand temperatures, creating a gender ratio skew as turtle gender is determined by the temperature – the higher the temperature, the more likely the turtle is to be female – as well as rising sea levels which can erode nesting beaches and flood nesting sites.

  • Media ID-3683

    One of the nesting places the project focuses on is Ras Baridi, located 50 kilometres north of Yanbu city in Saudi Arabia, and a location where turtles are born and return 30 years later to reproduce. Unfortunately, due to the damage to the beach – created by transportation and cement dust from the nearby factory which solidifies the sand – the turtle returns to find 15-20 metres of the beach is flooded relative to its birth, so they have to reach higher ground.
     
    The solidifying sand also makes it difficult for hatchlings to survive. In 2019, there was a 90 per cent mortality of eggs due to flooding of the nests in high-water seas.

  • Media ID-3682

    Researchers at KAUST University have been monitoring turtle activity and behaviour for many years, by attaching a tracking device to their shells. Through this, it has noted a big issue due to erosion, which has created a cliff that turtles are falling off and sadly dying.
     
    Extreme E will be supporting the turtle conservation through beach fencing, beach management and monitoring, improvements such as raising the level of the beaches to a suitable height with imported sand for turtle-nesting and successful egg-hatching, as well as education.