The Methuselah of the Sea
- Posted Aug. 21, 2007 by Monika in Abouthesea. Viewed 3523 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.
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