Day 40 - and Even more Diving ...

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Welcome aboard Shehab

On the way out to today’s dive sites, there was help building the excitement on the boat by the sighting of a pod of dolphins, which we spotted and a whale shark, which others on the boat glimpsed; we were too busy sunning ourselves on deck and weren’t able to get to the side of the boat in time to spy it.  The first dive today was on a sight know as “Sabrina”.  It was a drift dive, of sorts.  We were to jump overboard as a group and then following our guide and partially using the light current to aid us, were to dive along one side of the reef.  We were under water only a matter of minutes before the Dr (who had steamed ahead) was summoning us and gesturing with some vigour.  We’d not yet learnt all the hand signals for the different creatures, so we had no idea what we was trying to draw our attention to but he seemed pretty keen to encourage us forward.

big fish ...
  Rightly so too, he’d found a pod of dolphins. Having had a few days to practive handling the camera underwater, I can say I was pretty happy with the passage that I managed to capture on video!!  The dolphin lagging at the back of the pod almost allowed the Dr and I to touch it, coyly kicking away at the last minute and then swinging past Michelle just out of arms reach.  Cheeky.   The problem with such amazing sightings at the start of the dive is that it raises your expectations and if you don’t get more of the same, you almost feel disappointed at the end of the dive.  Unfortunately, that was the only visit we had from the dolphins. We did manage to take some better shots of the more common fish though.

After a big lunch and another hour or two sunning ourselves, it was time to get back in the water.

colourful fish
Before we did though, we noticed a school of very small sharks (barely a foot long) swimming at the surface of the water just behind the boat.  Just as Mish was about the jump in with snorkel and mask to investigate we were called into the cabin for our dive briefing.  Damn, poor timing.

The afternoon dive was a little different to those we’d done in Hurghdada so far. To date, the dives we’d done were all along reefs which had sandy bottoms at around 12m.  This time though, the boat was moved into position along side a small island and we dove alongside it (and the reef on it), which plummeted away to depths we couldn’t see.  In some respects it was a little disorienting, we needed to regularly check our depth gauges and it also meant that there was little point wandering wide of the reef (as there was nothing to look at in the depths).

fish with evil demon eyes
  With about 8 people on the dive it seemed a little crowded and this time there were no “wow” moments (no amazing new creatures spotted) so our last dive was probably the least inspiring.  Oh well, it was still great diving with visibility that we’re certain to be quite envious of at some point in the future.

After thanking Dr Aladdin and his crew we were back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.  Tomorrow we had the long coach ride to Cairo.  Hardly a highlight of the trip but after almost six weeks on the road we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to looking forward to returning to London (even if only briefly).
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Welcome aboard Shehab
Welcome aboard Shehab
big fish ...
big fish ...
colourful fish
colourful fish
fish with evil demon eyes
fish with evil demon eyes
Michelle and I with Dr Aladdin
Michelle and I with Dr Aladdin
Hurghada
photo by: maka77