Endangered marine life to look for off the coast of Turkey

When you set sail with Salamander Voyages you can expect to be surrounded by breath taking landscapes and an incredible array of Turkish flora and fauna.

Spending a lot of time out on the open sea means you’ll find yourself surrounded by colourful and exciting Mediterranean marine life. If you’re very quiet and keep your eyes peeled you may even be lucky enough to spot one of Turkey’s rarest inhabitants.

Monk Seal

Turkey’s Mediterranean monk seal has become an endangered species due to large industrial fishing boats overfishing in the region.   As the number of fish in the sea decreased, local fisherman started to compete with the Monk Seals for the limited supply of fish in the area.  Now there are thought to only be about 600 Monk seals left, making them one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world.

Fin Whale

The fin whale is the second largest animal in the world after the blue whale.  Unfortunately this magnificent creature is now listed as an endangered species due to whaling and sea pollution.  Very occasionally and if you’re extremely lucky, it is possible to spot one of these rare and beautiful creatures in the Mediterranean Sea off the Turkish coast.

Green Turtle

The Green Turtle is listed as an endangered species worldwide.  There is also a subpopulation of the Green Turtle that can be found around Turkey and other areas in the Mediterranean that is now listed as critically endangered.  Green Turtle nesting sites can be found dotted all around the Turkish Coast often in protected areas.  If you’re out and about on the beach after dark then you may be lucky enough to catch sight of one!