Dive 213: Elphinstone Reef, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 01:00:00
Max depth: 34.1 metres
Temperature: 27 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Brian, Nick
Surface interval 14:08:00
Mix: EAN 24 (MOD 46.2 metres – 1.4ppO2)

The Zodiacs dropped us off on the northern plateau where hopefully we would be able to swim down deeper and see some big stuff, however the current was ripping through back towards the reef. We quickly decided that swimming down to the plateau was too much effort so we just decided to swim back to the reef.

We cruised along with the current along the eastern wall, admiring the soft and hard corals, big fans, and colourful reef fish. We saw a big moray eel with its body half out of its coral hole, as if it were waiting for the dive traffic to pass by before it ventured out.

About 15 minutes in, I could feel a banging in my right ear and I tried swatting my ear while turning around to see whether someone had been playing a joke on me. Turns out that a little cleaner fish was trying to clean my ear!

As we continued drifting alone, I also saw a pair of anemone fish darting in and out of its anemone, a couple of cute leopard blennies sitting in the fire coral, a very cute little pipefish clinging onto the side of a hard coral, schools of black and white snapper, a couple of massive cruising tuna, barracuda, cornet fish, loads of different butterfly fish and coral grouper.

I still had 90 bar in my tank when we got back on the boat. It was such a very relaxing dive that I obviously barely had to breathe!

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