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Just inside the Egyptian border on the north coast of Sinai lies the town of Rafah, at the border of Israel and the Gaza strip. Many years ago when I was involved in a sea turtle project I gave a talk to a school of young Bedouin children as well as their families about these marvellous creatures.

You see it is quite common for Bedouin people along the north coast of Sinai to eat turtle meat, dig up their eggs, and for women to drink the iron-rich blood which is supposed to boost fertility. This may be true but the fact remains that the number of sea turtles are drastically declining placing them at the verge of extinction. Not to mention by Egyptian law it is illegal to take eggs and/or kill sea turtles.

So this public awareness session hoped to inform the young kids and their families about the plight of the sea turtle. Most of the kids had actually seen one at some time in their life, or at least the tracks left behind by the female as she came to shore to lay her eggs. Some had eaten turtle while others had dug up the nests. Nevertheless everyone listened deeply and seemed fascinated at what they heard.

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