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silver for dahab freediver
Dahab resident freediver Sara Campbell won a silver medal for Britain in the AIDA
Individual Freediving World Championships in the Bahamas on 5 December. The 7-
year-old reached 92m on one breath in a three minute, eight second dive at Dean’s
Blue Hole, Long Island.
Campbell, who has held four World Records in her relatively short career, three of
which she set in under 48 hours just nine months after taking up the sport, is one
of only two women in the world capable of diving beyond 90m. The gold medal in
the contest went to Russia’s Natalia Molchanova, who reached a depth of 97m in the
contest just months after setting the new world record of 101m in Sharm el Sheikh.
‘That was an amazing dive, extremely easy for me and I kind of wish I’d announced
deeper for a record,’ Campbell told reporters. ‘The same dive normally takes me over
20 seconds longer than today. It’s incredibly motivating looking forward and I’m
looking forward to challenging for the world record again in the near future.’
Read Campbell’s personal account on what it takes to become a champion freediver
in Freediver Focus on page 0
camel commended
Sharm el Sheikh-based dive centre Camel Dive Club & Hotel was Highly
Commended in the Marine Environment category in the 2009 Virgin
Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards that recognize achievements in eco-
friendly tourism throughout the world. Camel’s entry in the Best in a Marine
Environment category focused on its activities to inform and educate visitors
to Sharm El Sheikh about how to minimize their impact on the Red Sea’s
sensitive marine environment, and actions the centre took to reduce the
environmental impact of its hotel and diving operations. Camel was selected
from over 150 entries by a panel of 1 judges chaired by Dr Harold Goodwin,
professor of Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Metropolitan
University, UK. New Zealand tour company Whale Watch Kaikoura was named
the Best in a Marine Environment and the overall winner of the awards. For
more information about the Responsible Tourism Awards see
www.responsibletoursimawards.com.
red sea coral feeds on jellyfish
Scientists in the Red Sea have the first photographic evidence of coral eating jellyfish.
The usual diet for coral is tiny plankton and nutrients produced by photosynthetic algae.
However, the photographs show clearly a mushroom coral sucking in a large moon
jellyfish.
The pictures were taken off the Red Sea resort of Eilat by Israeli marine biologists Dr Omri
Bronstein of Tel Aviv University and Mr Gal Dishon from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.
The pair was surveying the area during a seasonal bloom of jellyfish when they witnessed
the previously unheard of behaviour of the coral eating such a large creature.
‘This is definitely unusual,’ said marine biologist Ada Alamaru, who was part of the research
team. ‘As far as I know no other corals are reported to feed on jellyfish. However, some sea anemones, which are close relatives of corals, are
documented feeding on other jelly species. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw it.’
According to Alamaru, the scientists saw more than one section of coral feeding on jellyfish. She added that it still remains a mystery how
exactly the mushroom coral (F. scurposa), which is composed of one large polyp measuring up to 0cm, manages to capture the moon
jellyfish.
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