For the fourth successive year, our Summer Shark Safari's were a huge success.
We had three sailings this year and all three had their highlights and excitment.
Many on the first sailing had dived together on last years Shark Safari and arranged to come back at the same time, so there wasn't much getting to know each other apart from a few who were introduced to the pink group. All apart from one had dive previously with 'elite diving' in Sharm El Sheikh.
Although there were five different type of Sharks spotted during the week, White Tip Reef sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Hammer Head Sharks and a Silky Shark, the highlight was the schooling Hammerheads. Up close and personal.
The Scalloped Hammerheads are so graceful in the water. They often are inquisitive and come close to check out what the divers are but there is not threatening behavior what so ever. In fact, their presence is very calming.
I think there was a blue theme going on for the week! Or was it pink?
Nitrogen Narcosis maybe. Confusion between feet and hands!!
There were many great sightings of manta this summer in Sharm and on Safari. This Manta was registered with Manta Trust and as it wasn't on their data base, the photographer get's to choose it's name. In honor of The Farley family who cancelled the trip last minute due to John Farley's illness, the group on board who sorely missed the Farely's, decided to name the manta Farley.
The first weeks photos are credited to Tony Madelin
The second week's sightings were on par with the first but a lot less pink! There was again a great experience with Schooling Hammerheads, Thresher Shark and more Manta. Again there was a Silky Shark spotted, along with Grey Reef's and a swim past from an Oceanic White Tip Shark.
On these safari's, we are treated to some spectacular sunrise and sunset scene's, some wreck dives, and was visited by a big green sea turtle as well as much smaller critters also
The second week's photo's are credited to Jochen, Nick, Khalil, Ken and Christina.
Week three produced much of the same with more up close and personal shows from Manta. It's been a bumper year for Manta this year, on Safari and also in Sharm. Close encounters with Hammerheads and a visit from dolphins in the water on the safety stop on Elphinstone. As we always say. You've got to be in it to win it!!!!
Photos Credited to Richard Jones
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