• Life in the Red Sea
  • 29th - 30th April 2018

  • Sohal Surgeonfish (Acanthurus sohal) in the Red Sea
    Sohal Surgeonfish (Acanthurus sohal)

    My second attempt at wildlife photography in Egypt involved a trip to Hurghada on the Red Sea with friends Matt and Alys. A long five-hour drive from Cairo, but livened up with good views of Long-legged Buzards, Booted Eagle, European Stork and a large flock of Great White Pelicans.

    We stayed one night Hurghada followed by a full-day boat trip to explore the coral reefs.
    Lagoon Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) Threadfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga) in the Red Sea Green Birdmouth Wrasse (Gomphosus caeruleus) Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura lymma) in the Red Sea
    Lagoon Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus)
    Green Birdmouth Wrasse (Gomphosus caeruleus)
    Threadfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga)
    Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura lymma)

    The boat had an underwater observation chamber which was an interesting way of viewing the reefs, but much better were the two snorkelling trips. The sea life was superb with colourful shoals of all different shapes and sizes.... and the visibility was the best I've seen anywhere.

    An excellent trip, though next time I will probably try a location on the Sinai Peninsula where I can snorkel from the shore and avoid the long boat trip.
    Shore Crab on the Red Sea coast
    Shore Crab amongst the Red Sea barnacles