Everyone’s Favourite Reptile

Ninja Turtle

Sea turtles are shy, retiring creatures, right? Not always, it seems. Richard Carey encounters an animal with attitude while diving in the Red Sea

DIVERS LOVE TURTLES, and for many visiting the Red Sea, turtle encounters are high on their wish-list. The creatures are often quite relaxed around divers, and simply carry on their normal behaviour, searching for food on the reef and stopping to feed on soft corals or sponges.

At other times they are shy, and fin swiftly away if the divers approach them.

During a dive at Dahabs popular Blue Hole, three of us experienced some very unusual turtle behaviour. Mid-way through a wall dive from the Bells to the Blue Hole, a male hawksbill suddenly appeared from under a nearby ledge, made straight for the nearest diver, and tried to bite onto his BC straps. Read more.

Appeared in DIVER September 2011


Red Sea • Similan Islands • Koh Bon