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Abu Dabab, Marsa Alam
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Marsa Alam
Red Sea, Egypt
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Snorkeling
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Beach
 
 
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Masked butterflyfish, Abu Dabab Reefs

 

Photo by Derek Keats

Abu Dabab is a delight for snorkelers, divers and beach-goers. It has a sandy beach, shallow waters, and six reefs. It boasts an easy entry and gently sloping sea. It’s home to colorful corals and thousands of reef fish. It has a wreck and swim-throughs. Its seagrass meadows are grazing grounds for green turtles and dugongs. Guitar sharks and bluespotted stingrays are often seen in the shallows. White tip reef sharks are sometimes spotted on outer reef walls. Two of its six reefs start from the beach. Dives are wade in from shore. The sheltered bay is closed to boats.
Green Sea Turtle Facts

There are lots of fun facts about green sea turtles. Did you know that?

  • The green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, is a member of the family Chelonioidea and is the only species in the genus Chelonia. It is also known as the Pacific green turtle and black sea turtle. It is simply called the green turtle by many.
  • Green sea turtles have a short snout, small beaked head, and two large, single-clawed, paddle-like arms. They get their name from the color of the fat found under their shell rather than their smooth, heart-shaped carapace, which varies in color from olive green to black.
  • The green sea turtle is the largest hard-shelled sea turtle. It measures up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in length and weigh as much as 700 pounds (318 kg).
  • Green sea turtles inhabit the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans. They live in three types of habitats. They nest on the beach. They spend their first five years in the open sea. Adults are found in shallow waters close to the coast.
  • The green sea turtle a migratory reptile. Females swim great distances between their feeding grounds and nesting beaches every two to four years. Their most dangerous journey is the short sprint from nest to sea as a hatchling.
  • Green sea turtles are omnivores as hatchlings and herbivores as adults. Juveniles feed on invertebrates - crabs, jellyfish, and sponges - as well as marine plants. Adults eat only seagrasses and algae.
  • The green sea turtle is an endangered species. It is threatened by human activity such as hunting, pollution, and habitat loss.
 
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