The Methuselah of the Sea

by Monika August. 21, 2007 3613 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 10 years ago

BEAUTIFUL <><

10 years ago Edited
Timea Nogradi 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Steve 10 years, 1 month ago

Great set. I particularly like #1.

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Virpiaijo 10 years, 1 month ago

lovely set

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tom 10 years, 1 month ago

WOW love the turtle

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Alan 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Silke 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Tim 10 years, 1 month ago

omg this is amazing, love this set!

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Storytaylor 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Radek 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Alessandro Gho 10 years, 1 month ago

Cute animal : ) Great color

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Hedwiga 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Abbeyh13 10 years, 1 month 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!!

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Michelle 10 years, 1 month ago

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

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
Elke 10 years, 1 month 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 !!! :-))

10 years, 1 month ago Edited
David Swatton 10 years, 1 month ago

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

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