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The Methuselah of the Sea

  • Posted Aug. 21, 2007 by Monika in Abouthesea. Viewed 3513 times

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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.

Giant sea turtle

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

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    • # Timea Nogradi

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

      2007.08.23 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Silke

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

      2007.08.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Storytaylor

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

      2007.08.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Radek

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

      2007.08.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Hedwiga

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

      2007.08.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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!!

      2007.08.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Elke

      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 !!! :-))

      2007.08.21 Edited Reply Cancel