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Rarely observed: Watch an encounter with a rare trigon in the sea of Eilat - voila! tourism

2023-12-11T07:11:00.533Z

Highlights: Mangrove trigon tai is a less common trigon in Eilat that was rarely seen. The species lives in relative solitude and does not gather in groupings. The mangrove stingray reaches a size of about 150 cm (width) and feeds mainly on small fish. The seagrass deposits on the northern coast, an area rarely explored, have a major impact on the vitality of coral reefs. The Gulf of Aqaba is not only a national asset, but also an international one, thanks to its high resistance to climatic changes.


A marine ranger met a mangrove trigon tai that was resting on the bottom of the Red Sea in Eilat. "It was a short meeting, but very enjoyable," he said. The width of the mangrove trigon reaches 150 cm,


Mangrove Trigon, Coral Reserve, Red Sea/Photo: Omri Omsi, RTG

Omri Omsi, the marine unit inspector, was privileged to meet and document the mangrove trigon, a less common trigon in Eilat that was rarely seen. "After six years of not seeing this species, I got to meet it again, this time in the coral reserve," Omsi said. "It was a short meeting, but very enjoyable. In recent years we have been getting encounters with rare natural values in the Gulf of Aqaba, most of the encounters and observations of sharks and betas from reports from Eilat's northern beaches, such as the tiger shark, giant mantas, whale sharks, pink stingrays and more, which reinforces the importance and need to preserve this unique area and declare it a nature reserve."

The Nature and Parks Authority adds that the mangrove stingray is a common species in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, including the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba. The species lives in relative solitude and does not gather in groupings like other stingray species. The mangrove stingray reaches a size of about 150 cm (width) and feeds mainly on small fish.

"I got to meet him again, this time at the coral reserve." The mangrove trigon documented by the inspector/Ruthi Ben Yaakov, Omri Omsi

Coral Reefs - A National and International Asset

The Gulf of Aqaba, with its variety of coral reefs, is not only a national asset, but also an international one, thanks to the coral reefs' high resistance to climatic changes, which severely affect many reefs around the world. At the basis of the policy for nature conservation in the Gulf of Aqaba today is the understanding that the Gulf, with its many habitats, constitutes a 'multi-component' system, with reciprocal relations and great interdependence between the various components (the different habitats). Today it is clear that the coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba do not exist as isolated, autonomous units. In order for them to continue to function as vital and attractive ecosystems, ecosystems and other habitats must also be protected. The seagrass deposits on Eilat's northern coast, an area rarely explored, have a major impact on the vitality of coral reefs.

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Source: walla

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