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... number of us are taking meclazine to ward off sea sickness. It is nice and calm when we are at a dive sight as i would never have been able to work on the computer when under way.
We hear there are still demonstrations in Cairo but that seems far away from us now. I will sign off as the divers should be popping up soon. I understand this is it for the internet for a couple of days.
Today we headed in a North-Westerly direction heading for the Gulf of Aqaba.
The Red Sea has a maximum depth of 2211 metres in the central median trench and an average depth of 490 metres .
There are shallows where it is noted for marine life and corals.
More than 1200 species of fish have been recorded in the Red Sea and around 10% of these are found nowhere else.
Today was a ...
We worked our way around some big coral heads until we were just off the reef, where we paused to listen - and to my massive excitement, I could hear some clicking noises, not dissimilar to those made by dolphins.
We all started looking out over the seagrass and as I turned around, I came face to face with the dugong, who was floating a couple of metres behind us and just watching us.
She didn't stay too long and we watched as she headed up to the surface ...
... The dive lasted for at least 75 minutes and was shallow so I was able to get a couple good pictures of the baby reef sharks we saw. We also saw about a million oysters! It was a great dive and a great place and we were considering staying for another night, but a couple of the guys needed to get back to work the next day and I felt that the hotel was too expensive to stay another night so we left that afternoon. There's nothing like starting the New Year's next to the ocean ...
After a day on the road we arrived at St Pauls monestary. We were lucky that the monestary was still open and the lovely monks showed us around after giving us hibuscus tea. The monestary dates to the fifth century and was founded in memory of one of Egypt's greatest saints and anchorites, who is said to have lived in a cave over which it was built for a period of some eighty years. ...