Saturday, January 10, 2009

I saw a Lionfish!

Catching up on older news:

That's right I did! It was while I was diving at a spot called Bells in Dahab.

Here's a pic of a lionfish if you´ve never seen one before:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2004/images/lionfish-atlanticocean.jpg

This place had a huge reef wall next to the shore that went so deep I couldn't see where the bottom was even from 30m. I had been talking to the divemaster leading our dives that day at lunchtime and I had told him I´d never seen a lionfish before, so during the dive he happened to see one and he pointed it out to me.

Bells was the 2nd dive spot of the day. It was world class. The reef wall had a LOT to see, more than I had expected from a dive where you jump in off shore without even using a boat. Oh yeah, when you first dive in, there´s a 25m deep tunnel crevice that you swim down through head first. That was amazing. I felt like I was in the middle of a Jacques Cousteau movie!

I would recommend any experienced divers to dive that spot if they found themselves in the Sinai peninsula. The dive ends at a spot called Blue Hole, which is a 110m circular hole in the ground right on the shore. It´s hard to understand how that one formed.

The first dive spot of the day, The Canyon, was pretty cool too but not nearly as mention worthy as Bells. It had a little canyon crevice area where you drop down and then swim out, but it didn´t seem as scary as it sounds, and there wasn´t too much to see down in the canyon itself, so it was just a drop down to see the ground features and then a pop out.

2 Comments:

Blogger suslee said...

have you seen this job offer? :)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5isjR8iopWyjk0utgVIClRKYqfnHgD95M6VKO2

January 13, 2009 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

i saw it. thanks susan :) i´m still debating whether i should apply. making a video will be a pain in the nuts for me.

February 11, 2009 at 5:12 AM  

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