Camel instructor Jamie has enjoyed two close encounters with whale sharks this August. His first lucky sighting was at Ras Za’atar, in Ras Mohammed National Park. Jamie described the experience: “I couldn’t believe our luck as we were kitted up ready to go in the water when someone shouted ‘whale shark!’. Before jumping I dashed to the saloon to grab my camera. Once underwater, we saw the shark in the distance and thought our chance was lost. But it turned and headed straight towards us! It was about five metres long, and stayed with us for about ten minutes, during which it turned several times and came very close”. Two weeks later, Jamie and his divers spent 15 minutes snorkelling with a four metre whale shark near Dunraven wreck. Take a look at Jamie’s amazing whale shark photos and video footage.
News in August 2009
Whale sharks close up
Puffer fish linked to zombie myth
This August, we hosted Dave Sergeant, a final-year undergraduate student from Manchester University, UK, for two weeks as our ‘marine biologist in residence’. He joined our dive boats to provide guests and staff with in-depth information about Red Sea reefs. Dave also shared his knowledge of toxic marine life, his special interest, via a presentation at Camel Bar on 14th August. He revealed a fascinating link between puffer fish and the existence of ‘zombies’, the myth of humans rising from the grave. Dave explained that toxins in puffer fish can induce a state of death-like coma if eaten. In some cases, victims of puffer fish toxin had been declared dead and been buried, only to ‘return to life’ when the effects of the toxin wore off. Thanks to Cath and the Eco Tribe team for organising the highly entertaining presentation.