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The Methuselah of the Sea

2007.08.21
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Giant sea turtle
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This shot was taken by my husband, I was filming this dive
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This "old friend" lives near Marsa Alam (Egypt - Red Sea) in a sheltered bay, not bothered of the numerous visitors taking photos and videos of her! I was lucky to meet the old lady several times throughout the past years... and I am pretty sure she will be there in the future too as giant sea turtles live as long as 80 years...
Another interesting facts about this species is that the sea turtle is one of the most ancient creatures on Earth. Fossil records go back 150 million years. Some estimates indicate it first appeared 230 million years ago.
Whenever it was that the first one crawled out of the primordial ooze, they are among the very few existing members of the animal kingdom who have watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct. Sadly, the sea turtle itself is facing a very high risk of extinction in the foreseeable future.

19 Comments
davids Absolutely stunning shots - I love #2; so huge and yet so graceful
davids · 2007-08-21: 15:02
elkegrocholl Miraculous and peaceful animals!!! Tonight I have seen a film about Karett - tortoises, and now I see your photos in the Blog. What a
coincidence !!! :-))
elkegrocholl · 2007-08-21: 16:51
mlcwikla Wonderful post.. I always look forward to your undersea pictures and info :)
mlcwikla · 2007-08-21: 19:48
abbeyh13 my son just started yelling at the computer "teeto"!!!!
(his word for turtle!!)
beautiful pictures.. I love seeing sea life!
this is a favorite for my son!!
abbeyh13 · 2007-08-21: 20:27
????? Amazing animals...
????? · 2007-08-22: 05:00
hedwiga It must be unforgettable experience to be with so huge and majestic animals in the Sea. Stunning pics!
hedwiga · 2007-08-22: 06:52
iagho Cute animal : ) Great color
iagho · 2007-08-22: 07:00
????? Beautiful crisp shots!
????? · 2007-08-22: 07:43
danzig stunning set!
I'm not sure that the host expect such a lot of guests :))
danzig · 2007-08-22: 08:54
storytaylor wonderful pictures. powerful message. I love to see your undersea work, is so peaceful. thanks Longimanus
storytaylor · 2007-08-22: 09:04
TIM927 omg this is amazing, love this set!
TIM927 · 2007-08-22: 11:58
SilkeHoltmann I think they are the oldest animals on our planet ??
And you are sooo close to them - WOW!
Wonderful shots - especially the 2nd!
SilkeHoltmann · 2007-08-22: 12:21
Rigadon a sad story, but amazing set. thank you for sharing :o)
Rigadon · 2007-08-22: 12:35
mystic1 WOW love the turtle
mystic1 · 2007-08-23: 04:04
virpiaijo lovely set
virpiaijo · 2007-08-23: 10:46
deepblue Great set. I particularly like #1.
deepblue · 2007-08-23: 11:32
natasa7 igen irigylesre melto a munkad!! es milyen szerencses vagy, hogy olyanokat lathatsz igaziban, amit masok csak a filmeken! puszi
natasa7 · 2007-08-23: 11:45
PeggyM BEAUTIFUL <><
PeggyM · 2007-09-12: 15:39
jogos online jogos online
jogos online · 2012-12-16: 08:36
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