Sharquiyah Beaches Oman

home to Crabs and their visitors

Hauling herself back to sea, watched by an appreciative crowd, one of Oman’s Green Turtles had just completed a marathon egg laying task.

Green Turtle Oman
Green Turtle Oman

Nasser, one of the wardens at Ras Al Jinz, had organised all the visitors so that they had a great view without disturbing her efforts. The 100 eggs she laid are however not enough to give a boost to the Turtles population. At least five times that number will be needed for any hatchling to survive into adulthood.

Ghost Crab Oman
Ghost Crab Oman

Nasser explained that one of the hazards for Turtle hatchlings are the Ghost Crabs which wait to attack and eat them. Later we saw the cone shaped excavations of the Crabs, as they waited to find a meal on a different beach.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4