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Red Sea Life
image: Gunn Bumoen
i should
Be so lucky…
What a year to have been in the Red Sea. The whole of the last 12 months have been full of reports of incredible marine encounters,
particularly between the months of May to October. Manta and whale shark this, hammerhead and tiger shark that; 2009 was a classic Red
Sea dive year, even on local training reefs. charlotte Boan talks to dive guides about their lucky underwater moments of the year.
Top Gunn
However, on one of three dives Gunn didn’t see the hammerheads,
she shared an encounter with a turtle and a pod of dolphins. And
one of the other hammerhead no-shows involved a grey reef
If there was an award for the largest
shark. ‘I decided to head north from the back of the Lara wreck, no
number of big creature encounters from
hammerheads, but we saw a turtle we stayed with for a while, before
dayboats in Egypt in one year, then a sure
a pod of about 20 Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus) swam close to
runner in the race would be Gunn Bumoen
us for about eight minutes. Fantastic.’
of Camel Dive Club in Sharm el Sheikh. Of
all the three years she’s worked here, none
Gunn’s other logbook entries in 2009 include thresher, whale, black
have come close to beating the incredible
tip and white tip sharks, as well as mating turtles, a sailfish, frogfish
underwater moments she shared with her
and huge schools of barracuda. ‘These were huge barracudas, about
guests in 2009. It all kicked off with mantas
1.5m-long’ she says. ‘When I first saw a school of about ten, I thought
in April.
they were sharks at first from a distance because they were so big. I
think I’ve had a really lucky year – 2009 has been amazing.’
‘Almost every day I was seeing mantas locally,’ she recalls. ‘One day
we even had seven in one dive swimming around us about 25m
away. I also saw a lot of hammerheads. I guess I must have seen
hammerheads about 15 different times on the back of Jackson Reef
this year. Two of the best dives were four hammerheads close to us
for ten minutes, then eight of them for 21 minutes on another day.
There were only three times on the back of Jackson when I didn’t see
them.’
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