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The Red Sea, is it really red?

red sea

Image credit: Flickr Angela Rutherford

The red sea is located between Asia and Africa. When you look at the list of seas that exist on the planet, the red sea is the only sea that exists in the southern-most region in relation to other seas.

Why called red sea?

The name red sea has been a translation that is related to its location. But, interestingly, the name red was originally used to refer to direction, as was the practice in ancient times in that area, to use colors in referring to directions. Thus, red is south and one of the famous kings had been quoted freely replacing red for south, while black was used to refer to the north.

Facts and figures

marine life in red sea

Derek Keats

It is estimated that the red sea covers up to 438 000 square kilometers of area and has a length of about 2250 kilometers. This is even much longer and bigger in area than many European countries. On average, this sea has a depth of 490 meters. But many have argued that it has to be much higher than that because the deepest part of this sea has a depth of 2.2 kilometers. Additionally, the measurements that have been taken along the width of this sea have varied figures. This data shows that the widest part of this sea has a width which goes up to 355 kilometers.

The red sea has also been noted for its having many shallow areas that support many species of aquatic animals or aquatic life in its variety. Thus, it has been estimated that, apart from the rich corals supported along the rich areas of this sea, there are over a thousand species of aquatic animals living in it. Besides these facts, the red sea is associated with the rich biblical history with the Israelites. This is the only sea where the miracle of parting a sea in two was performed and has never been repeated anywhere after that.

   

Do you know how penguin propose

Penguin

Image credit: Flickr virtualwayfarer

Penguins are not only beautiful but are very romantic when it comes to proposing their mates. There are basically two charming traditions that surrounds the story related to love and proposal of penguins. Also they are among those rare animals who choose their mates for life.

Story #1:

When a male penguin falls in love with a female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble and when he finally finds it, he waddles over to her chosen one and places the pebble right in front of her feet. If she picks the peddle, it means she accept the proposal.

Story#2:

During the mating season penguins gather on the beaches with a pebble in their possession. Each penguin will present his/her perfect pebble to the mate he or she most desires. If the pebble is accepted, they are mates for life.

 

Other Amazing facts about Penguins:

  • Penguins are birds but they lost their flying ability millions of years ago.
  • Penguins eyes work better underwater than in air.
  • Penguins spend approx 75 percent of their lives at sea.