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Red Sea Life
“Each year, in June and July, Ras Mohammed at the tip of
the Sinai, is the scene of one of the world’s great wildlife
spectacles below or above the waves. The dive site is
already one of the best there is, but visit during the early
summer and you can experience it on steroids.”
elbow on knee, hand on chin, staring out over the water at the cliffs of above the waves. the dive site is already one of the best there is, but
shark observatory. ‘Have you heard about ras mohammed?’ he asks. i visit during the early summer and you can experience it on steroids.
stumbled a reply. at this time, great schools of fish aggregate there, including bohar
snappers, barracuda, unicornfish, batfish, blueline emperors, black
that trip totally changed my approach to underwater photography. snappers, bigeye jacks and giant trevallies. perhaps what is most
the way i dived, prepared for dives, looked after my camera. i soaked amazing about this wildlife spectacular is that it is so easy to get up
up as much as i could. scoones’s photographic knowledge of the close and personal with the creatures. there is no need to spend days
red sea sites is encyclopaedic, built up over thousands of dives since trekking in the bush, or hours waiting silently in a hide, you just need
the sixties. there was a time in the uk that lionfish were called the to go diving. this is a world-class wildlife encounter from the comfort
scoones-fish, because he was the only one to have photographed of your vacation.
them. He enthused about the wonders of ras mohammed and
explained why it was so special at precisely this time. i have been back at exactly the same week each year, without fail,
since the Blue planet trip, logging at least half my dives at shark and
each year, in June and July, ras mohammed at the tip of the sinai, yolanda. as a general rule the schools are mating aggregations. small
is the scene of one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles below or reef fish tend to follow the little-but-often reproductive strategy
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