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I Should Be So Lucky
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image: Simon Rogerson
The last 12 months were not all
about the big stuff, however. Dive
guide Ahmed Nubi of Nesima
Dive Club in Dahab made a name
for himself in 2009 as an expert
seahorse spotter. He has been
guiding in the area for more than
11 years and has learned a few
tricks about spotting these elusive
macro creatures.
‘Almost every time a guest asked
to go and see the seahorses, we found them in the Light-
house area or at Ras Abu Galum,’ he says. ‘You really have
to concentrate to find them. It’s really about buoyancy. You
have to tilt your head at sea grass level and wait patiently
for any strange movement. They are never in the same spot,
and move around quite a lot in the seagrass – sometimes
up to 100m from one day to the next. When you move
close, they spot you before you spot them. They try to hide,
but they don’t usually escape from me.’
image courtesy of Camel Dive Club
Covering the whole of the
Egyptian Red Sea this year on three
liveaboards, guides Reda Ramadan
and Sameh Zeineldin of Tornado
Camel Dive Club:
Marine Fleet reported back on some
incredible underwater moments
of 2009. Their trips on MY Cyclone, MV Hurricane and MY
Tempest involved dancing with dolphins on more than one
created by divers, for divers
‘As we finished the dive and about to return to MY Cyclone,
we could make out a shout of ‘dolphins’ though someone’s
regulator,’ explains the pair. ‘Within minutes we were following
a pair of dolphins that were rolling and twisting with the
grace of Fonteyn and Nureyev and completely oblivious to us.
Their second of four incredible 2009 dolphin encounters
was off the wreck of the Ulysses. ‘After a drift along the reef,
stopping off to see some very large lionfish, many divers were
met by a few dolphins,’ they recall. ‘While hanging on the line
a pair came down and circled us a few times. It was magical,
unforgettable. Then we had a great dive on the Kingston
wreck, topped off with a pod of 15 to 20 dolphins swimming
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But dolphins were not the only big animals they encountered
this year. Their logbooks were also full of tales of sharks, quality restaurants and the famous Camel Bar.
including hammerheads, oceanic white tips, as well as leopard
sharks. All in the heart of Sharm el Sheikh.
‘The first/check dive of one trip at Stingray Station and we saw
a guitar shark. This shark casually swam past us accompanied
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and swam under us at extremely close range, completely
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