A couple of days ago I had the great luck to swim with a Dugong in the Red Sea, Egypt. The dugong is a medium-sized marine mammal. It is one of four living species of the order Sirenia, which also includes three species of manatees. The dugong is the only strictly marine herbivorous mammal. The dugong is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. Its snout is sharply downturned, an adaptation for feeding in benthic seagrass communities. The molar teeth are simple and peg-like unlike the more elaborate molar dentition of manatees. Dugongs are found in warm coastal waters from the western Pacific Ocean to the eastern coast of Africa, they are generally found in warm waters around the coast with large numbers concentrated in wide and shallow protected bays.
Security guard of the coral reef The 800 kg elephant was built by artist Hamed Mohamed and his assistant Ahmed Hany using recycled metal parts, such as an old TV set, bicycle wheels and Shisha pipe pieces. by drovosek
The reflection of Sol’s light off the world’s seas reveals the dynamic currents passing through the waters when viewed from space. This image was taken by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s AQUA satellite, one of a group of about twenty that are revealing our world’s secrets in unprecedented detail.