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Blog – April 2011

Clean up for Earth Day 2011

Clean up for Earth Day 2011On 22 April the Camel Dive Club team joined divers around the world in celebrating Earth Day 2011, by making our latest clean up in Naama Bay. As those who've dived there will know, Naama Bay's sandy slopes and reefs are home to unusual marine life, including the rare Hairy Pygmy Pipehorse (see previous article). Armed with net bags and gloves, we removed several bags of rubbish which had probably blown into the water from boats and shore. Many thanks to everyone who helped to preserve this beautiful and unique habitat, and to our photographer Adolfo Maciocco who also took the photos.

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27.04.11

Hairy Pygmy Pipehorse in Na’ama Bay

Hairy Pygmy Pipehorse in Na’ama BayAs macro-lovers know very well, often to find something new we just need to sharpen our eyesight. The photographer Adolfo Maciocco recently identified and photographed a Hairy Pigmy Pipehorse (Lat. Acentronura tentaculata), a rare creature which belongs to the family of Syngnathidae and looks like a cross between a seahorse and a pipefish. No longer than 3 cm and perfectly camouflaged among the seaweed, the Pipehorse was lying in less than two meters depth, on the sandy bottom of Na'ama Bay (pictured here). The head of our Camel Eco Tribe Catherine Bates immediately contacted Helmut Debelius -who recently visited us- to inform him of the sighting, since the sample does not appear yet in any of his books. Debelius was glad about the information and will include Adolfo’s photo on page 42 of the next edition of his famous “Red Sea Reef Guide”.

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10.04.11

Awards for Egypt and Camel at London Dive Show

Awards for Egypt and Camel at London Dive ShowThe Red Sea enjoyed a welcome boost at the London International Dive Show on 26-27 March, when Egypt was again voted 'Destination of the Year' in the DIVER magazine awards for 2010. We were thrilled to receive a second Certificate of Recognition from Project AWARE director Suzanne Pleydell, for our Camel Eco Tribe team's efforts to preserve the marine environment, especially sharks. Other highlights of the show included the new Tek 2011 conference, talks by 'Queen of Mantas' Andrea Marshall who conducted a research visit to us last year, a free-diving breath-hold experience, plus trying and buying some of the latest equipment. As usual, it was great meeting up with Camel divers past and present (and future!). Special thanks to Neil and Phil for their help on the stand, and to Neil for the photos.

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05.04.11

Thanks to marine biologist Chris Croxson

Thanks to marine biologist Chris CroxsonMarine biologist Chris Croxson has become the latest participant on our Camel Eco Tribe placement scheme. Chris graduated with First Class Honours from the National Oceanographic Centre at Southampton University, UK. During his stay with us in February, Chris made four presentations at Camel Bar on topics including Great White shark conservation, coral ecology and climate change. He also conducted Coral Watch reef monitoring, logged sightings of rare creatures and informed divers on our boats about Red Sea marine life, as well as making 34 dives. Chris tells us he particularly enjoyed the community atmosphere at Camel for lone travellers, our knowledgeable dive guides and spacious boats, and our Tandoori restaurant, which he visited six times! We wish him continuing success with his career.

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03.04.11

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Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Centre of Na'ama Bay
Sharm El Sheikh
South Sinai, Egypt
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