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Red Sea: When you look at the sea it is blue and the name is said to come from several sources. Some of these are; a red algae bloom that occurs at different times of the year, the mineral rich red mountains that surround it or possibly the name of a people that live on its shores. It is dotted with coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life to the delight of snorkelers and scuba divers. A number of ancient ports provide havens for modern mariners. There are mangrove lagoons to be explored by kayak or canoe, as well as, white sand beaches for sunbathers. It is bounded by the countries of Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea, who all vie for the tourist trade.


Sargasso Sea: This is the most unique of the seas we have chosen to look at because it has no coastline. The Sargasso is located in the North Atlantic and is thousands of square miles of water in an oval shape that rotates in a clockwise motion. The floating seaweed is the most identifiable feature of the free floating sea. It is abundant in small sea life such as; crabs, shrimp and octopus; while drawing eels that swim thousands of miles to mate and lay their eggs as part of its unique ecosystem. Due to its calm winds and waters sailing ships of old often were ‘trapped’ here leading to many legends and stories which spawned the Bermuda Triangle legend. Nowhere to lay out for a suntan here except on a stranded boat, better have sunscreens galore if that happens.


Sea of Cortez: This Sea is also known as the Gulf of California and is bounded by the desert-like peninsula of Baja and the coast of Mexico. In 1996 this area was designated a National Marine Park to protect its unique environment. UNESCO has also designated it a World Heritage Site, a designation to protect unique cultural and natural wonders around the world. The biological diversity of life makes it a draw for scientists and researchers. Sea Kayak Adventures, Inc. was granted the right to conduct tours in this area giving people the opportunity to view a wide variety of a marine life, enjoy the sandy beaches and high cliffs of islands in this sea. Remember when kayaking the reflection off the water can give you more than a suntan.


Sea of Japan: Bounded by Japan on the east, Russia and China to the north and Korea on the west, this is a nearly enclosed body of water. Due to the warm Japan Current flowing through here the only year round ice free Russian port is found on this coast. Long a major food source for the Japanese, things changed in 2002. Giant jellyfish, six feet in diameter and weighing up to 450 pounds began creating problems for Japan’s fishing industry. They are too much for their expensive nets to deal with and hard to get out. A Japanese company, Riken, is doing research into producing health products from the protective mucus found on the jellyfish. Others have looked at new food products including ice cream! This area is also believed to have rich deposits of oil and natural gas waiting to be developed.


Though many seas are presented here there are probably many more. If you are familiar with others or have information to share about these contact us at info@suntan.com.



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