January 24, 2006 Post subject: Red Sea Conservation Liveaboard
Coral Cay Conservation recognizes that there are many people interested in marine conservation who, through time constraints, are unable to commit to a 3 week+ expedition. To cater for this interest we launched the CCC Society in November 2004.
Below are details of our conservation liveaboard organized for this May.
Third Coral Cay Conservation Members’ Mini-Expedition
Red Sea Conservation Liveaboard
5-12 May 2006
Giftun Island, Straits of Gubal, Ras Mohamed, Thistlegorm, Abu Nuhas
As well as offering an outstanding dive programme in an area of spectacular coral reefs, this liveaboard expedition will provide lectures on hard and soft corals, sponges, fish and other species associated with coral reefs. Conservation measures to protect reefs will also be described and instruction given to buddy pairs and groups during dives to illustrate points that have arisen during the lectures. There will be opportunities for discussions of conservation and biodiversity issues. Participants with their own cameras are invited to use digital photography to record coral and fish sightings. Identification sessions will then be held between dives after downloading to a laptop. A typical day’s programme will consist of a mix of lectures and up to four dives including an optional night dive. As well as reefs, dives will be made on some of the famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea. Subject to weather conditions these are likely to include the Thistlegorm and the Abu Nuhas wrecks. Through knowledge of the age of the wreck it will be possible to draw conclusions about the way in which such artificial reefs are colonised by different forms of corals and sponges.
A detailed Coral Cay Conservation manual will be provided for each participant.
Overall, the objectives are to: extend experience of the Red Sea by diving the northern reefs including those adjacent to the protected areas surrounding Giftun Island and Ras Mohamed; improve understanding of coral reef ecosystem conservation issues; assist CCC in developing its regional activities; and acquire digital photographs of Red Sea species as a resource for CCC.
This cruise has something for everyone. Starting from Hurghada and sailing north gives a perfect combination of reef and wreck diving. The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins. Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks all offering spectacular dives with many fish species including lionfish and often large groupers.
Night dives can be superb in this area, especially Shab um Usk with lots of Spanish dancers. Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 metres makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel.
A short ride across the straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck of the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm. An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel she was sunk by the German Luftwaffe and now lies in 30 metres of water. Often large shoals of batfish circle the stern together with twinspot snappers and barracuda. Depending on divers’ experience, weather and current conditions, we will also try to offer a night dive here. Close by is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the ‘Shark Reef’, a sheer wall falling into the blue. From the Ras Mohamed the boat will head back towards Hurghada.
For further details and to book please visit: http://www.coralcay.org/archives/2005/12/22/10.49.44.php
We have seven places remaining on the trip.
Any queries please do not hesitate to give us a call on+ 0870 750 0668.