8 Things About Lebanon’s Marine Life You Probably Didn’t Know

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The summer season is in its prime, and the Lebanese beaches are as busy as possible.

Earlier this month, fear was spreading due to the presence of sharks off Lebanon’s coasts. This concern over sharks suggests that many do not understand how vital Lebanon’s marine life is. Acknowledging the significance of Lebanon’s sea life and biodiversity is crucial to better maintaining and protecting it.

Here is a list of facts that you may not know about Lebanon’s marine life and why it is so precious:

It’s Old!

Lebanon is home to the world’s oldest known living organism: Posidonia oceanica, a seagrass species found in its coastal waters. Some of these seagrass meadows are estimated to be over 100,000 years old!

800 Fish Species!

The waters off Lebanon’s coast are known for their rich biodiversity, with over 800 species of fish recorded, including rare and endemic species.

If You See A Shark, Do Not Panic!

Lebanon’s coastal waters are an important migratory route for many marine animals, including sharks, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. These creatures pass through Lebanese waters during their long-distance journeys.

It Is Photogenic

The vibrant nudibranchs in Lebanon’s waters display various colors and intricate patterns, making them a favorite subject for underwater photographers and marine enthusiasts.

There Are Cool Fish

The ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus), a unique and elusive fish species, can be found in Lebanon’s marine ecosystems. These small, camouflaged fish resemble pieces of drifting seaweed and are masters of disguise.

Coral Reefs

Lebanon’s coastal waters host beautiful and colorful coral reefs, home to a variety of marine life. These reefs are crucial for the survival of many species and contribute to the overall health of the marine ecosystem.

Nesting Site of Rare Turtles!

The endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) visit Lebanon’s shores for nesting. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their nesting sites and increase their populations.

Cool Ruins Are At The Bottom!

The ancient city of Sidon in Lebanon has an underwater archaeological site where you can explore submerged ruins that date back thousands of years, including ancient ports, shipwrecks, and statues.

Lebanon’s marine life is indeed fascinating. Preserving these precious habitats is essential to safeguard the biodiversity of the Lebanese Medditarean coast.

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