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It is the first marine national Park gazetted in the Sudan in 1990. It lies over an area of about (26000) hectares (Length 6 km and width 2 km) at a distance of 30 km north-east port Sudan city on the western shore of the Red Sea. The park is known for its richness of marine life forms among which 124 groups of coral reef exist, three species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, fishes and a quite good representation of molluscus and archins (sessile and locomotory members of both groups).