The Methuselah of the Sea

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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      2007.08.23 Edited

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

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      2007.08.22 Edited

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

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      2007.08.22 Edited

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

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      2007.08.22 Edited

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

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      2007.08.22 Edited

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

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      2007.08.22 Edited

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

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      2007.08.22 Edited

      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!!

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      2007.08.21 Edited

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

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      2007.08.21 Edited

      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 !!! :-))