Distribution in Egypt
Known from Egyptian waters in both the Mediterranean and Red Sea. The only reliable evidence of nesting on the Mediterranean shores is a nest with eggs found near Zaranik, North Sinai, in the summer of 1998 (Clarke et al. 2000). A dead juvenile (carapace length 85 mm) found at Baltim could have originated from elsewhere. Dead individuals are frequently encountered throughout the Egyptian Mediterranean shoreline. In the Red Sea the species has been recorded from both the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba, and has been reported to have nested at Ras Sharatib, south of Abu Rudeis (where some 80 females were estimated to nest),Tiran Island, Qulan Islands, Wadi El Gemal Island, Ras Banas, and Zabargad Island. Eggs and embryos from Giftun El Kebir Island referred to this species by Marx (1968), were re-identified as Eretmochelys imbricata by (Frazier and Salas 1984). The species nests sporadically along the mainland shores of the Red Sea south of Marsa Alam, where almost a hundred nests have been found between Ras Baghdadi and Marsa um El Abbas.
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