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“A diver trying to shoot footage of the vibrant reef wall with his camera is gently touched on the back
by the wrasse who is stopping short of saying the words ‘hey! shoot some video of me instead of that
clownfish.’ he certainly doesn’t like to be ignored.”
frenzy. Although, being in the water at night with a shark having impressions, daedalus seems a bit boring when compared to the
dinner would never be a sensible plan. Brothers. The thermocline at 55m, compared to the Brothers’ 0m,
The plateau on the north side of small Brother offers the best
making it more difficult to see hammerheads. Also, there are no signs
opportunities for seeing sharks. At the moment we arrive at 0m,
of the oceanic white tips we had become so accustomed to seeing.
we see two scalloped hammerheads cruising past. They seem to be Two full days diving later, however, daedulus shows us its true beauty.
just as surprised as we are, and promptly swim away from us into the Not just hammerhead sharks, but grey reef sharks, tuna measuring
blue. In the summer months, the current here is often more gentle up to 1.5m in length and many large jacks of a comparable size. Even
than the other seasons, so we are lucky to be able to stay in the same three sailfish rush by us. And the treats are not just found in its blue
place without too much effort. Another hammerhead shows up, then water. The reef is completely covered with anemones which house an
a couple of grey reef sharks swim underneath us. amazing amount of clownfish.
Two zodiacs are employed to take us to the dive sites. however,
Elphinstone
they can’t carry all divers at once so the different groups of divers
are in the water seeing different things at different times. one
The week is drawing to a close and we only have one opportunity in
group spots a tiger shark on their dive, the other a thresher shark.
which to dive the famous Elphinstone reef. Although known for its
While I unfortunately miss both of these spots, I am more than
strong currents, we want to dive above the south plateau to try to
delighted at seeing the incredible soft coral cover over the west wall,
see oceanic whitetips. our luck is in – there is hardly any current and
the barracuda being cleaned, the jacks, tuna and the Napoleons.
we get the go ahead to dive. The rest of the divers decide to stick to
underneath the boat I even discover two oceanic triggerfish – a
the original plan of diving the north plateau. They enjoy a good dive
species rarely seen this far north in the red sea.
complete with an encounter with a large tiger shark. While we miss
that one, we still get to see three different oceanic white tips. one
Daedulus shark is accompanied by a pilotfish which looks as if it is glued to his
After two days on the Brothers Islands, the Emperor Fraser sails south
nose.
to daedalus. The top of this reef can only be seen at low tide. From We remain calm as the sharks move in closer. Then, just when I think
a distance, the only evidence of daedalus is a m-high black and our encounter is close enough, one of the oceanic white tips looks
white lighthouse. With high expectations of a site I had heard so deep into my eyes and swims off to the left of me. Waiting for the
much about, we roll off the zodiac and begin our descent. on first shark to turn back to us, I see a school of large jacks approaching. In
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