Thursday, 10 September 2009

Ecology, Sociology and Psychology…2009

Ecology, Sociology and Psychology…2009 -

The year of clean Tondoba

The ideology of Tondoba bay is being an eco friendly project, we are calling for all users and operators to help us honor the concept and preserve Tondoba so that by the end of 2008 we can celebrate the role model we all aspire to be, a Tondoba eco protector.

We have already managed in tackling several issues such as rubbish collection, God bless Hepca, who opened a factory for recycling in Marsa Alam and sent their cars daily for collection (what a liberty…)>My favorite resolved issue is dog poisoning, for the last month no more cases have been reported and hopefully there will be no more dog poisoning incidents in Tondoba.

I would like to thank Dina Zulfikar and AWARE group for their support and guidance.

And the Man of the year and every Year is Dr Mohamed El Helw (Lamy) our dear friend who sends us a very generous donation of kid’s medical supplies for the Ababda babies when I relayed to him that the doctor in the Deco chamber was missing some vitamins, milk and medicine for the local kids and their mothers.

We would like to salute Lamy for his humane prompt reaction and generosity as he refuses to be compensated for the massive bills of medicine………




Turtles of UM TONDOBA

Common Name: Green sea turtle - named for the green color of the fat under its shell.

Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas

Description: They are easily distinguished from other sea turtles because they have a single pair of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes), rather than two pairs as the other sea turtles have. Head is small and blunt with a serrated jaw. Carapace is bony without ridges and has large, non-overlapping, scutes (scales) present with only 4 lateral scutes. Body is nearly oval and is more depressed (flattened) compared to Pacific green turtles. All flippers have 1 visibleclaw. The carapace color varies from pale to very dark green and plain to very brilliant yellow, brown and green tones with radiating stripes. The plastron varies from white, dirty white or yellowish in the Atlantic populations to dark grey-bluish-green in the Pacific populations. Hatchlings are dark-brown or nearly black with a white underneath and white flipper margins. For comparison, the Pacific green turtle (aka Black Sea Turtle) has a body that is strongly elevated or vaulted and looks less round in a frontal view than other green sea turtles. The color is where you see the biggest difference with Pacific greens having a dark grey to black carapace and the hatchlings are a dark-brown or black with narrow white border with white underneath.

Size: Adults are 3.5 to 4 feet in carapace length (76-91 cm). The green turtle is the largest of the Cheloniidae family. The largest green turtle ever found was 5 feet (152 cm) in length and 871 pounds (395 kg).

Weight: Adult weigh between 300 to 400 pounds (136-180 kg).

Diet: Changes significantly during its life. When less than 8 to 10 inches in length eat worms, young crustaceans, aquatic insects, grasses and algae. Once green turtles reach 8 to 10 inches in length, they mostly eat sea grass and algae, the only sea turtle that is strictly herbivorous as an adult. Their jaws are finely serrated which aids them in tearing vegetation.

Habitat: Mainly stay near the coastline and around islands and live in bays and protected shores, especially in areas with seagrass beds. Rarely are they observed in the open ocean.

Nesting: Green turtles nest at intervals of 2, 3, or more years, with wide year-to-year fluctuations in numbers of nesting females. Nests between 3 to 5 times per season. Lays an average of 115 eggs in each nest, with the eggs incubating for about 60 days.

Range: Found in all temperate and tropical waters throughout the world.

Status: - Listed as Endangered (in danger of extinction within the foreseeable future)

Threats to Survival: The greatest threat is from the commercial harvest for eggs and food. Other green turtle parts are used for leather and small turtles are sometimes stuffed for curios. Incidental catch in commercial shrimp trawling is an increasing source of mortality. Population Estimate*: 88,520 nesting females.


In our local dive sites of UM TONDOBA Bay meet the green sea turtle , in the Check point south where the egg nest is , in Marsa Tondoba where the turtle house is and Marsa Mikki .

By: Ismael Marzouk


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Don K
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