The Middle East is home to a diverse range of marine wildlife. In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, we look at six marine animals that can be found in the region.
Oman boasts five of the seven species of turtles that migrate to the beaches of the Arab Peninsula annually to lay their eggs.
Abu Dhabi is home to one of the largest populations of the humpback dolphin. You can spot them in shallow waters and channels around the UAE capital.
The endangered creatures can be found throughout the Mediterranean and appear along the coasts of Morocco and Algeria.
Also known as the sea cow, the highest numbers of the marine animal are found in the Gulf off the coasts of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE.
The typically harmless sea creatures are often found in warm, shallow waters, making the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman suitable habitats.
One of the most iconic species of the Red Sea, the blue spotted ribbontail ray is a common species of stingray almost guaranteed to be sighted on any dive in an Egyptian reef.