Friday, February 15, 2013

Bottle Nosed dolphins in the Red Sea near the town of Sharm el Sheikh

An ephemeral shadow of Bottle Nosed dolphin under the Red Sea water surface

An ephemeral shadow of Bottle Nosed dolphin under the Red Sea water surface

Shadow of Bottle Nosed dolphin under the water surface of the Red Sea near Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh is a tourist town near the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. A large number of people arrive there from all over, with many charter flights reaching there from different parts of Europe (especially in the winter months when it gets bitterly cold in those regions and the weather remains excellent in Sharm el Sheikh). There is a protected marine sanctuary near Sharm el Sheikh called Ram Muhammed Park, where commercial fishing is not allowed (except in certain times of the year) and the coral formations and marine life remains protected. Because of this protection, the coral here remains safe and thriving, and that brings in a large number of tourists on a regular basis for snorkeling and scuba diving. At the same time, the Red Sea also houses some species of dolphins, and we were fortunate to come across some of these dolphins while on the way to the coral formations. For around 10-15 minutes, the dolphins remained there, and we also were on the boat circling around them, watching them until they decided to leave.
Sharm El Sheikh (New Millennium Collection: North Africa)
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