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When They Caught This Creature On Camera, They Knew It Was Once In A Lifetime

Much of the marine world remains a mystery to us. We may see a fish or two at an aquarium, but what about the deep-sea dwellers? We see them in photos and nature documentaries - only marine biologists are lucky to see them up close.

A group of people in Crete, Greece were lucky enough to spot an extremely rare sea turtle in the Port of Chania. In the video, you can see the giant turtle swimming in shallow water between some fishing boats in the harbor. It resurfaces to check out a floating object on the water's surface before diving down to the sea bed. You can clearly see the distinctive markings on its head, fins, and shell.  

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So why don't we see these turtles more often? First of all, they're very shy, and secondly, they are an endangered species. Due to development, pollution, and other human activity, the Caretta-Caretta sea turtle may become extinct if their nesting grounds aren't protected.

Watch the video of the once-in-a-lifetime sea turtle sighting:

It's sad that this species might eventually die out. To help save the sea turtles in the Mediterranean, donate to Medasset Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles.

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