Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oman-Ras Al Haad Turtle Reserve(Second visit).

We had visited Ras Al Haad Turtle reserve in July this year for the second time . We were both happy and sad, the new regulation restricted usage of camera at night to shoot turtles laying eggs. Though we were able to site a few green turtles laying eggs we were not able to frame them. We had to drive down 250 kilometres by the new picturesque Sur road, a far cry from the earlier 500 km long Sur road .

The beach at dawn...

Evening view of the approach road from top of an adjacent mountain.

The hotel.

We however framed a few images while the turtles were covering the eggs with layers of sand (using their front flippers) at the break of dawn. This action of the turtle helps protect the eggs from natural predators like foxes and birds.

Turtle's journey back to the sea.

Closeup of the rocky mountains.

Our new vehicle.


  1. What an amazing sight to see. I've only ever seen Turtles doing that on nature programmes.

    Nice car too ;)

  2. What a beautiful beach and that water is so pretty. Love the pics of the turtle. It amazes me how they know to do that.

  3. That was fantastic, I can't believe how green the turtles are. Is this the color they are when they are born? They look smaller than the sea turtles i've seen in the Hawaiian Islands. Are they protected too Shantana?
    wonderful post.

  4. Amazing, and they look so big to me! What a beautiful colour the sea is there.

  5. Wow what a truly nice experience you got there and superb pictures of it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, what amazing photos! And those turtles are so turqoise! I've never seen real baby turtles before. It must have been a wonderful experience!