By Ellie Duncombe
These parasites are TURTLE-LY enjoying hitching a ride under the waves.
The sea creatures have decided to make their home on the green sea turtle’s back.
But the turtle seems entirely undisturbed by its new hitchhikers, a it happily grazes on seaweed 80 feet beneath the surface.
Vital Bazarov filmed the sea turtle and her companions off the coast of Dahab, Egypt, during a sunset dive.
Vital said: “The turtle is just grazing on seaweed about 82 feet below the surface, paying no attention to what is going on with her shell.
“The creatures living on the shell have become its life companions.
“These green sea turtles are actually most found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but you do find them in the Indian Ocean and they come to nest and feed in the Egyptian Red Sea.
“They have olive or black shells, and get their name for the green fat found beneath it.”
Green sea turtles are currently on the endangered species list.