Dive 254: Daedalus Reef, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:52:00
Max depth: 32.0 metres
Temperature: 28 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 03:00:00
Mix: EAN 28

Our last dive at Daedalus was amazing – A SCHOOL OF HAMMERHEADS!!! I counted 12 of them!

We started swimming along the western wall stopping to admire Anemone City, a massive patch of anemones and various types of anemone fish at around 8 metres. We swam along a little further and then I saw Fiona pointing downward. I peered down into the murky depths and after a little while, a dozen hammerheads came into view swimming towards our group!!

We sank down to around 30 metres and they circled around us a couple of times then swam off into the blue. After a couple of minutes they circled back, did a few laps around us and past us, and then occasional one would break off and swim towards someone. At one point, one of them was about 5 metres away from me! They are just such beautiful and graceful creatures.

Our whole group was just mesmerised as they swam with us for about 10 minutes. Thanks to my 32% mix I still had plenty of NDL left! The rest of the dive we were just on a high and we couldn’t stop gushing about the experience back on the zodiac and then back on the Sea Serpent.

AMAZING! One of my top 3 dives ever!

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Dive 251: Little Brother, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:53:00
Max depth: 35.1 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 25 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 02:59:00
Mix: EAN 25

HAMMERHEADS!!! All that staring out into the blue finally paid off!

I was down at around 30 metres on the northern plateau, a bit away from the group and the reef. I thought I saw a grey reef shark beyond the visibility but couldn’t quite make it out. As I swam back towards the reef, Fiona the DM pointed down and there were 3 hammerheads swimming beneath us! I could barely contain my excitement, especially when one (a juvenile) swam away from the other 2 and circled back towards me before turning away.

AMAZING! I couldn’t help but do a little dance at John I was that excited!

Also saw a barracuda, black snapper and a cute little network pipefish.

Such an awesome dive – my first hammerheads!!!