Diving with Sharks El Quseir / Egypt – a surprise Whaleshark at the end

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Weißspitzen Hochseehai

Weißspitzen Hochseehai

Certain dives you never ever forget in your live. We knew that we have a good chance to see sharks in El Quseir with diving.de. A good friend of mine, Course Director Marlies Lang, works there and we decided to visit her.

On the first day we had a good start with big green turtles and a hawksbill. But the big bang came on day 4. We did expect sharks (Oceanic White Tip and Hammerheads) and as we jumped into the water the first Oceanic White Tip was alreday there. A big one with about 2,50 metres in length.

Weißspitzen Hochseehai

Weißspitzen Hochseehai

Oceanic White Tips are very curious and this fellow had to know immediately what entered the water. If such a king of the ocean comes towards you and is only an armlength away your pulse certainly rises. These animals are so graceful and beautiful but they follow their instinct and you have to respect that it is a predator after all. I took a couple of shots and we followed the pristine reef.

About 10 minutes later the second Oceanic White Tip showed up. A little bit smaller then the first one but easy 2 metres in length. He was also quite curious and came very very close. He did this procedure for a couple of times and we decided to back off a little bit. In the end we entered his territory and the last thing you want to have in 20-25 metres of depth is a pissed off Oceanic White Tip. Down here he is the boss and not to provoke him seemed to be a good idea. Maybe he wanted to tell this to us with his behavior.

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Weißspitzen Hochseehai: Kam auf Armlänge auf mich zu

There were a few quite big barracudas on the reef as well – but nobody really took care of this as the sharks were around.The reef in about 30 metres of depth is very impressive and pristine. On the way back – we were swimming in between 7 and 10 metres – we saw a Hammerhead passing by in about 30 metres of depth. Unfortunately our decompression limit and air supply didn’t allow us to go deep again. Once in a while a grey reef shark showed up – but did not want to come close to play.

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Marlies und der Weißspitzen Hochseehai - wo? hinter mir?

On our safety stop in about 5 metres of depth I started to pack up the camera – putting the cover for the dome on and folding in the strobes. It is easier to climb on the zodiac with a camera as compact as possible.

Suddenly Marlies started screaming at me with very big eyes. I turned and saw the baby Whale Shark (4,5 to 5 metres) coming from the depth to visit us. He was not in a rush at all and stay with us for a few minutes before he continued his journey through the ocean.





Just for the record again: 3 Oceanic White Tips, a Grey Reefshark, a Hammerhead and the “little” extra Whale Shark at the end of the dive. I seriously considered burning my kit after the dive and never go diving again. It can’t get much better then this. But I reconsidered to continue diving :).

Thank you so much again diving.de and Marlies Lang for an unforgettable dive. Every human being should have an encounter like this and then think about the fact that these graceful animals get their fins cut off for greed and are thrown back alive into the ocean.


Walhai (unten links ist noch ein Weißspitzen Hochseehai zu sehen)



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published on August 13, 2012 by jdo
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