This hotel cares for all of its guests – even if they’re tiny reptiles emerging from the sea.
The Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in the small country of Oman plays host to one of the five nesting sites for sea turtles in the nation. Every year, up to 100 different turtles return to the hotel’s beaches to lay their eggs.
After spending two months learning absolutely everything about turtle conservation, Mohammed Al Hasani became the hotel’s resident turtle concierge. Mohammed arrives every morning to check on the progress of the nests and to protect the species from human interference. He also reportedly gives eco-tours to the hotel’s human guests so they can understand the role of the turtle’s conservation.
Mohammed loves his job, and tells of childhood memories when he first experienced reptile rescue.
“I grew up in Qantab, which is a small fishing village just along the coast from the resort,” Mohammed told Lonely Planet. “Since I was a young boy, I have been a keen fisherman. I saw many turtles in trouble caught up in fishing lines or nets, so I would help them.”
According to nest counts, the expanding turtle population has been nurtured along swimmingly, with as many as 4,100 new turtles born last year alone.
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