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.

4 Responses to The Red Sea, is it really red?
  1. Deborah Zimmer
    November 13, 2012 | 7:52 am

    I would say that this is an inaccurate translation. My rabbi says it is not the Red Sea, but rather the Sea of Reeds. Big difference.

  2. Blair
    November 18, 2012 | 12:49 am

    You state that the ‘miracle of parting a sea in two was performed’ on the Red Sea. To state that as fact as opposed to an ancient myth is as preposterous as stating the the cyclops was a native animal to ancient Greece. Old testament stories are just that: stories. There is no historical scientific fact to back them up and they should be left in the realm of myths and fables, not included in an article that is meant to inform in a factual form.

  3. Lacey
    November 26, 2012 | 8:54 pm

    I was under the impression that this body of water receive its name due to the seasonal blooms of the red-coloured Trichodesmium erythraeum near the water’s surface.

  4. kuron
    December 17, 2012 | 7:56 pm

    Thank you for the greatest post!
    I knew about the sea were divided into two by Moses .
    But i don’t know The sea is the Red Sea .

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