Animals From The Dubai Aquarium Tour Dubai Mall In The Absence Of Humans

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Animals From The Dubai Aquarium Tour Dubai Mall In The Absence Of Humans

In the wake of the pandemic, the Dubai Mall has been closed until 18 April- as of now. Apart from shoppers crowding the mall, Dubai Mall is also home to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. And now, it turns out that the absence of humans has been advantageous to animals who headed out for a jolly stroll.

A video shared by @DubaiAquarium on Twitter shows a hedgehog, parrot and iguana exploring the Dubai Aquarium. And it looks like they even headed shopping in the mall! Well, this is indeed a rare chance for animals to explore the world outside, while humans stay indoors.

Meanwhile, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is also livestreaming three tanks at the Mall for viewers to watch online.

What Else?

On other news, it’s not just animals from the Dubai Aquarium that are taking full advantage of the current scenario. Here is a list of a few rare animals that have been spotted in the UAE during these quarantine days.

1. Cownose Rays At Business Bay

A video captured by Alain shows Cownose rays surfacing in the Dubai waters. Cownose are a type of stingray named after the shape of their head. They are active swimmers and are rarely found lying motionless.

2. Gazelles Roam The Dubai Streets

Gazelles were spotted taking a jolly stroll along the streets of Dubai as people stay inside due to coronavirus pandemic.
Two species are prevalent in the UAE, the Mountain Gazelle which are found primarily in mountainous areas and on gravel plains, and the Arabian Sand Gazelle or Reem Gazelle, like the kind seen in the pictures.

3. Turtles At Sir Bu Nair Island

About 63 Hawksbill turtle nests were spotted at the Sir Bu Nair Island Reserve in Sharjah. The turtles reportedly arrived on 12th March and are expected to lay their eggs until the end of May, said the Sir Bu Nair Marine Research Centre of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in Sharjah.