The Scene of Turtles at Abu Dabbab

The Scene of Turtles at Abu Dabbab

Hawksbill turtles and green turtles are a familiar side in the area of Abu Dabbab Bay. Some of them are really huge in size. It’s a beautiful sight to see them part the water with their claws in slow motion, graciously swimming to find their daly vegetarian fix by grazing the sea prairies and meadows, separating the wonderful house reefs. Here are some facts you’ve always wanted to know about turtles but were afraid to ask.

Turtles love jellyfish

Turtles like leatherbacks and hawkbills feed on jellyfish. Tragedy and cynicism dictate that plastic, floating in the water, conjures up visions of jellyfish. Subsequently, turtles die from consuming plastic.

Turtle take care of meadows

A patchwork of algae, meadows of seagrass,  sargassum patches and floating weeds. That’s your sea turtles’ favourite habitat. They indulge in a plant-orientated diet menu. By grazing seagrass, sea turtles keep them short and at the same time prevent harm for other aquatic creatures.

Turtles don’t hide in their shell

 Turtles do not have to fight off natural enemies or predators. Evolution dictates that sea turtles cannot retract their flippers and head into their shells. However their anatomy characteristics make them pretty vulnerable when nesting and hatching on land.

Turtles are vulnerable to climate changes

The warmer the nests the more female offspring a turtle produces. The cooler the nests the more turtles will give birth to a male species. The picture is clear. Climatic changes have a dramatic effect on the gender balance of turtles and hence reproduction.

Turtles outlive many other animal species

Turtles have been with us for more than 100 million years.They once shared their existence on earth with now extinct dinosaurs.

Turtles are breathtaking in more than one way

Hold your breath.. Turtles can hold their breath for five hours underwater. They are capable of conserving oxygen and do so by slowing their heart rate to up to nine minutes in between heart beats.

Turtles and their centuries

 Turtles can reach the age of 100 years. This matches the amount of eggs they lay when they nest.

Turtles love GPS

Sea turtles sense the earth’s magnetic fields and they apply their detecting skills as if they were a compass. Their sense of direction is truly amazing.