The turtle moves on ..
In order to coax us back for another dive trip with him, Dr Aladdin had promised to take us to a different site (there are more than 60 to choose from near Hurghada) and that it would be special. The weather was amazing, not a cloud in the sky are barely a breathe of wind. Dive conditions were going to be ideal. Today, the boat drove all the way to the south end of Gifton Island (the locations we had visited on Friday and the marina itself are to the North) so we were longer in transit. However, the wait was most definitely worth it. Firstly, we dove the East side of a reef known popularly as “The Aquarium”.After the lunch break the boat simply moved to the west side of “The Aquarium”.
No sooner were we under water than we had an appreciation as to why! There were fish everywhere and the visibility was 25m. Not long into the dive we spotted a Hawk Bill Turtle and it swam slowly enough for us all to get up close and swim alongside for a while. At this stage we were still trying to familiarise ourselves with the camera’s operation, so we weren’t able to get great shots or footage. Hopefully what we did capture did the experience some justice. The dive was quite shallow and lasted about an hour, in which time was saw hundreds of different types of fish, many in large schools.
Some sort of puffer fish we encountered
Again, almost as soon as we were in the water, we spotted another first, a giant moray eel. They are a fierce looking creature but the Dr wasn’t the least bit intimidated by it, giving it a pat as it swam past him. A little later in the dive we experienced another first, a blue spotted stingray. Not a big animal but colourful and confident enough to let us approach quite close. Naturally, we saw a lot else but we’ll have to go back and check our dive logs to recall them all. Both dives today we easily the best two we’d done to date. Visibility was excellent and there was a huge variety of beautiful fish and coral to see. Inspired by the dives and with yet another day to pass in Hurghada, we advised the Dr that we’d be joining him again tomorrow. He acknowledged that he’d have his work cut out trying to better today’s diving but he’d give it a go.
Its called Brain Coral, I can't think why..