Marine life
Brayka Bay Marine Life

Marine Life

In terms of its marine biodiversity very few places on earth compare to the Red Sea. The region represents one of the most unique marine environments and one of the world’s most important repositories of marine biodiversity.

The southern Red Sea is among the richest and most productive of marine ecosystems, due in large part to the over 250km of coastal fringing reef. The fringing reef is supported by a wide reef flat or “back reef,” which can extend to 500 meters in some cases. Some areas of back reef feature lagoons and can offer limited recreational opportunities like swimming, wading, or kite surfing. This fringing reefs is occasionally split apart by small “Marsas” and “Sharms” and also feature remarkable reef topography such as swim troughs and tunnel systems. There are also many off-shore reef complexes that feature vast coral gardens and canyons. Some of these reef complexes are considered the world’s best example of coral reef topography.

The Red Sea’s underwater eco-system is home to over 300 species of coral and 1,200 species of fish, 10% of which are found nowhere else in the world. Spinner dolphins, dugongs, turtles, mantas, and sharks are just some of the marine species that calls these waters home. There are a number of reefs, islands and coastal regions, which are protected areas and national parks.

The Red Sea reefs cover an area of more than 1500 km with associated eco-systems such as, islands, mangroves, and marsh. This underwater eco-system is home to over 300 species of coral and 1,000 species of fish, 10% of which are found... lees meer
Dolphins attract tourists to Egypt every year, but despite their popularity, are still poorly known from a scientific point of view. Eight species are considered regular: Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), Indopacific... lees meer

It is estimated that one shark alone brings about $120,000 from tourism revenue each year. Beginning in June of 2008 the Red Sea Rangers conducted a 6 month study of human impact on sharks at various dive sites in the Red Sea. These... lees meer
Estimates put the total Dugong population at 4,000 in the whole of the Red Sea, with only 7 documented along the southern Red Sea coastline.Dugongs reach up to four meters in length and can weigh up to 1,000 kilograms. Dugongs spend... lees meer

Four species of turtles can be found in the Egyptian Red Sea: the green (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles that nest and feed on the coast; the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), called the... lees meer