Beauties of Nature
METU - IMS Harbor is an important shelter for marine biological diversity on the Mersin coast. The harbor is the only intact rocky habitat along the long sandy coast.
Several marine organisms seeking a hard substrate to attach themselves found a home within the boulders and overhangs of the harbor. These were followed by higher organisms preying on them, turning the harbor into an oasis. Nearly every season newly hatched larvae and juveniles in search of prolific shelter to grow, before recruiting to the main stock, invade the harbor. It is possible to see sparkling large schools of young fish of various kinds rocking in and around the harbor. The harbor also provides shelter to the Red Sea immigrant Lessepsian species, which passed through the Suez Channel and established themselves in the Mediterranean Sea. The rich biological diversity is hidden from the man eye by the turbid waters of Lamas River. If you dive in a calm day, but only if the jealous Lamas permits, you can witness the rich diversity from colorful sea urchins to schools of fishes in different size, and even exotic mussel beds (Brachidontes variabilis), bivalve (Saccostrea cucullata) and gastropod (Nassarius arcularia plicatus) come from Red Sea. Another special feature of the harbor is the thin layer of freshwater at the surface coming partly from Lamas River and partly from the ground water releases on the small beach within the harbor. This feature attracts the endangered Nil Turtles (Trionyx triunguis) and they may be watched while swimming in crowded groups or basking on the shore.
METU-IMS Campus Park was founded in 1979 with the help of collaborator of METU Alaaddin Egemen. Park occupies a territory of some hundreds of square km.
There are various tropical trees, shrubberies and flowers in the campus area, which saves their own best qualities due to diligences of our gardeners. Park beautifully adjoin with small lemon gardens. During the whole year you may stake out flowering roses and enjoy an aroma of exotic flowers.
You can find the information on the endangered wildlife living at the campus and regulations for their protection in this link.