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Dive In
“As soon as we descend to the sea grass, we spot
a giant turtle. Although they can reach lengths of
up to 1.5m, spotting them in this sand scattered
visibility is not easy.”
“We have barely finished dinner before we hear
the crew shouting ‘shark, shark!’”
the centre of the school is yet another oceanic whitetip. he doesn’t this sand scattered visibility is not easy. The turtle doesn’t seem to
seem to like being chased by fish half the size of him, but it is as if he be bothered by my buddy getting close to take pictures. he’s eating
is too afraid to swim out of the school. and is concentrating on grabbing as much sea grass as possible. After
Ras Shona
a short while he swims away from us towards the surface for air. We
continue our sea grass search and soon spot two turtles enjoying
The week ends in the bay of ras shona. on both sides of the bay
lunch together. There is not much else to see here. But it was the
are beautiful coral gardens, but we stay on the sea grass covering
turtles we came to see and we return to the boat satisfied from our
the sandy bottom below. sea grass is the preferred diet for turtles
quest at the end of our weeklong trip.
and dugongs. The most famous bay for seeing a dugong in this part
But as the kit is packed away, we still have one more surprise in store.
of Egypt is Abu dabab. unfortunately fame comes at a price. The
In the bay a dugong appears at the surface to breathe for a short
dugongs were badly injured recently by boat propellers and the site
while before diving under the surface.
was subsequently closed to protect them. In ras shona there are no
resident dugongs, so boats are permitted to venture outside of the
bay.
For a full list of legal operating liveaboards in the red sea see the
As soon as we descend to the sea grass, we spot a giant turtle.
cdWs website www.cdws.travel
Although they can reach lengths of up to 1.5m, spotting them in
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