Google Map view of where we were
I was in Egypt doing some dives with The Man of the Place. We were also there to visit George who has been there since December. He has had some time to establish himself down there with a bit of credit.
|Tracy, Luke and George|
We thought we'd undermine that.
|Tracy in charge of two goofs|
The ship's route was the southern Red Sea near the border with Sudan. There are exquisite corals and pristine dives to be had on this route.
Someday, I'd love to dive in the Red Sea further south in Sudan but I can't the political climate won't allow it. I'll just have to wait here until there is peace.
Yes, we saw sharks. We saw white tipped reef sharks, oceanic white tipped sharks, grey reef sharks, and silky sharks. We also saw some bottlenose dolphins and loads of moray eels.
Two firsts for me were smaller, less glamorous fish. I knew what I was seeing as soon as I saw them! I certainly wrote notes in the margins of my field guide and lots of exclamation points in my dive log.
I saw the exquisite Oranghead butterflyfish - Chaetodon lavatus
|Orangehead Butterflyfish - not my photo|
|Whitehead butterflyfish - not my photo|
Another treat was this little sea slug or nudibranch, the Red Sea Nembrotha.
|Red Sea Nembrotha - Nembrotha megalocera|
The Man of the Place and I did a dive at dusk. The daytime fish were going to bed, the anemones were curling up and the nighttime creatures were starting their day.
The first exciting thing happened when my husband was pointing out something to me and two bottlenose dolphins swam right under him. "Never mind about the fish, DOLPHINS!"
|Silky shark in the distance|