The Caspian or Striped-neck terrapin Mauremys caspica is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (=Bataguridae). Found living of the eastern Mediterranean region. It ranges from southwestern former USSR and central Iran to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Israel and Lebanon, northward through Turkey to Bulgaria, and through Cyprus, Crete, and the Ionian Peninsula to former Yugoslavia. In Bahrain it must be regarded as highly endangered due to loss of habitat and pollution.
Today I found a small group of five at Adhari ditches - real survivors considering how the ditches are managed.
On Friday the 14th May I found this Ghost Crab on a beach at Busaiteen. I have only ever seen two others in Bahrain in the last twenty years, and although the beach is part of the large reclamation; this does illustrate that a negative impact in time can be beneficial to other species.
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