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The fish trap gate opens into an entirely new world. Here begins the Delta where the reeds spread out into a 1700 hectare area, massing like an enormous straw field that roots down to a brackish bed. The contours of the Delta are drawn by the reeds that filter the water through its roots providing a haven for small shrimps (crangon crangon). The young fish function as an important part of the ecosystem, moving like clouds as they travel together. Looking from above, you see this meandering chaos that lacks any describable shape.
In this still, green water, thousands of natural channels are carved out from loose earth and reedy clumps that go on and on, like a labyrinth to disorientate the novice explorer. The only way to avoid getting lost in this marsh of fresh and saltwaters intermingling with crosscurrents, is to have an experienced captain who knows his way around the Delta.
Source: Koycegiz – Dalyan A Journey Through History Within The Labyrinth of Nature, (pages: 52-53), Altan Türe, 2011, Faya Kültürel Yayınları