Dive 204: Numidia, Big Brother, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:49:00
Max depth: 35.0 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 25 metres
Buddy: Leena
Surface interval 13:15:00
Mix: EAN 25 (MOD 44.1 metres – 1.4ppO2)

With a negative entry from the Zodiacs, we descended straight on top of the wreck of the Numidia. The wreck has been sitting on the island for over 100 years and the amount of growth and fish life was absolutely spectacular. There was amazing hard and soft corals, whips and gorgonian fans growing all over the wreck, loads of little colourful reef fish, with flutemouths darting around after them.

I followed the guide Ahmed into the engine room, which was enormous. After my eyes adjusted to the darkness, we swam up towards the bow and out through a hole in the hull. As soon as I came out of the wreck, I saw an enormous Napoleon wrasse hanging around and checking out all the divers.

We left the wreck and swam around the eastern side of the island back towards the boat. The reef was just covered in the same growth as the wreck, and it was absolutely teeming with life. As we came up around 12-15 metres, a thresher shark was seen down around 30 metres, at which point a few of the divers went chasing after it. It had a beautiful tail, and it was a shame I didn’t get close enough to see more than just its silhouette.

Up on the reef, we saw a few giant barracuda (either alone or in a pair) with fierce and menacing jaws, a lone muscular tuna, and a baby turtle taking a breath at the surface.

An amazing dive!

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