In Bali, you have a great chance to see and even swim with sea turtles. It is not uncommon to see them around the island since three different species live in Balinese waters. On the other hand, it is much rarer to cross paths with a flatback turtle since these turtles primarily live in Australia. However, the divers of the Fab Dive Centre experienced an incredible encounter during the exploration of a wreck near Amed.
1.See turtles in Bali
Due to the rich marine ecosystem of Bali, it is possible to see different turtle species in Bali. Three types are visible whether you are scuba diving or snorkelling. If you wish to dive and hope to see some of them while underwater, here are our different diving packages : https://www.balifabdive.fr/plongee/. In Bali, you can dive with loggerhead, hawksbill and green turtles. It is an incredible opportunity to see these majestic creatures underwater as they feed or sleep.
Turtles are part of the reptile family. The characteristic of having a hard shell, or carapace, differentiates them from other reptiles. While some species are distributed worldwide, other species such as flatback turtles are much rarer.
Green turtles are the most widespread, found in nearly all of the tropical and subtropical parts of the world. They are a migratory species capable of travelling long distances at sea. Turtles have therefore been reproduced on a global scale. They are nicknamed green turtles because of the layer of green fat beneath their shell.
Loggerhead turtles are also among the migratory species. Their size is about 1.20 metres and their weight ranges from 150 to 250 kg. They feed mainly on jellyfish and sea sponges. But they also eat fish, crustaceans or even seaweed. If you snorkel or scuba dive in Bali, you can probably see some.
Finally, in Bali, there are also hawksbill turtles. It is called a hawksbill turtle because of its distinctive sharp, curving beak. It can also be identified by its overlapping scales and saw-like appearance towards the rear of the shell. These scales are historically highly sought after, which has lead to the hawksbill turtle’s placement on the IUCN’s Critically Endangered list.
2.The appearance of a flatback turtle in Amed
Mysteriously rare but true! The flatback turtle, an endemic Australian species, has made a surprising appearance in Balinese waters. The divers of the Fab dive centre, while exploring the USAT Liberty shipwreck, had the chance to cross paths with this incredible species.
The flatback sea turtle is found in the northern waters of Australia. Unlike other marine turtle species, this turtle does not travel long distances at sea. This is why this flatback turtle has no global distribution. It is characterized by its flat back and small size. But its other particularity is that it has a very thin shell that can crack under small pressure and makes it vulnerable.
Why did our divers see this turtle near Amed in Bali? The mystery remains intact! But we can assume that this turtle, during its migration northward, deviated from its path and arrived in our waters. She finally found her way into the huge American wreck: the USAT Liberty, a refuge of impressive underwater biodiversity.
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