The Methuselah of the Sea

by Monika August. 21, 2007 3573 views

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.

Giant sea turtle

This shot was taken by my husband, I was filming this dive

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Peggym 9 years, 8 months ago

BEAUTIFUL <><

9 years, 8 months ago Edited
Timea Nogradi 9 years, 9 months ago

igen irigylesre melto a munkad!! es milyen szerencses vagy, hogy olyanokat lathatsz igaziban, amit masok csak a filmeken! puszi

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Steve 9 years, 9 months ago

Great set. I particularly like #1.

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Virpiaijo 9 years, 9 months ago

lovely set

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tom 9 years, 9 months ago

WOW love the turtle

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Alan 9 years, 9 months ago

a sad story, but amazing set. thank you for sharing :o)

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Silke 9 years, 9 months ago

I think they are the oldest animals on our planet ??
And you are sooo close to them - WOW!
Wonderful shots - especially the 2nd!

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tim 9 years, 9 months ago

omg this is amazing, love this set!

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 9 years, 9 months ago

wonderful pictures. powerful message. I love to see your undersea work, is so peaceful. thanks Longimanus

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Radek 9 years, 9 months ago

stunning set!
I'm not sure that the host expect such a lot of guests :))

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Alessandro Gho 9 years, 9 months ago

Cute animal : ) Great color

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Hedwiga 9 years, 9 months ago

It must be unforgettable experience to be with so huge and majestic animals in the Sea. Stunning pics!

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Abbeyh13 9 years, 9 months ago

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!!

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Michelle 9 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful post.. I always look forward to your undersea pictures and info :)

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Elke 9 years, 9 months ago

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 !!! :-))

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
David Swatton 9 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely stunning shots - I love #2; so huge and yet so graceful

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
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