Day 40 - and Even more Diving ...
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On the way out to todayâ€™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 werenâ€™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 â€śSabrinaâ€ť. 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. Weâ€™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.
After a big lunch and another hour or two sunning ourselves, it was time to get back in the water.
The afternoon dive was a little different to those weâ€™d done in Hurghdada so far. To date, the dives weâ€™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 couldnâ€™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).