Dive 215: Elphinstone Reef, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:51:00
Max depth: 20.4 metres
Temperature: 28 C
Visibility: 15 metres
Buddy: Brian, Nick
Surface interval 03:45:00
Mix: EAN 25 (MOD 44.1 metres – 1.4ppO2)

The dive plan was to be dropped half way along the western side of the reef and cruise down to the southern plateau and hang around in the blue to look for oceanic white tips.

We rolled backwards off the Zodiacs and descended to about 20 metres, with Nick off like shot again. As we cruised along the reef, I stopped to watch a little pipefish darting in and around the coral. There were no sharks on this dive, and no schools of black and white snapper that we seem to have seen on every dive so far. There were some nice overhangs though, and lots of fish life as usual.

I didn’t see Nick again on the dive, and we reached the plateau where most people were hanging in the blue to wait for a shark sighting. Nick swam back around to the eastern side of the reef, and Brian started following. Ahmed had recommended not swimming back along the eastern side of the reef because the Zodiacs would be looking for divers on the western and south western edge of the reef, so I decided not to follow the guys and hang out on the plateau instead.

There didn’t end up being a shark sighting after all, although there was a curious Napoleon wrasse that was checking out the divers. After about 15 minutes of hanging on the plateau, I swam out with a couple of other divers that had shot up their SMB and got on their Zodiac.

A relaxing dive, but a bit of a nothing dive. Don’t think I’ll bother with the night dive tonight.

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