Updated 07 June 2021
Arab News

6 Marine animals found in the Middle East

6 Marine animals found in the Middle East

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. 


  • Turtle

    Oman boasts five of the seven species of turtles that migrate to the beaches of the Arab Peninsula annually to lay their eggs.


  • Humpback Dolphin

    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.


  • Mediterranean Monk Seal

    The endangered creatures can be found throughout the Mediterranean and appear along the coasts of Morocco and Algeria.


  • Dugong

    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.


  • Whale Shark

    The typically harmless sea creatures are often found in warm, shallow waters, making the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman suitable habitats.


  • Blue-Spotted Ray

    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.