Thursday, May 18, 2006

Turtles - Uncensored X-rated




I hope that these photos aren't censored by local authorities... wait till you see the video!

Green Turtles Chelonia mydas
The green turtles are a large turtle with average weight about 120 kg, and reach up to 100 cm long from the head to tail. The green turtles are herbivorous and spend the majority of their lives foraging on shallow seagrass beds. They normally nest in sandy beaches on the offshore island or in some of the remote areas on the main land. They lay about 100 eggs every four years; they might also lay more than ones during the breeding season and about 14 days in between.


Hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata
Hawksbill turtles almost half the size of the green turtles, it weigh 40 kg only and reach up to 70 cm in long. The hawksbill are considered as an endangered species according to the IUCN, the Red Sea known as one of the most important breeding area for this endangered species. Hawksbills inhabit coral reefs where they feed primarily on sponges. These habitat assemblages are widely distributed throughout the Red Sea. In the Red Sea, hawksbills tend to nest diffusely on isolated; remote beaches were they lay about 80 eggs every two years. They are known to make shorter migrations than other species, and may thus in the Red Sea remain closer to their natal beaches. Hawksbills are lighter, and leave a much ‘shallower’ track on the sandy beaches, also they tend to nest close to vegetation and pits might not be visible.

Abdullah Alsuhaibany
ReefChief Scientist
(23 May 2006)

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