Departing from Port Ghalib
You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to join this safari.
As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.
Please note that night diving and snorkelling will only be allowed on some parts of this itinerary as it includes marine parks where this is prohibited.
If you've been lucky enough to encounter sharks during your Red Sea dives you might have formed one of a declining number of divers who will. Did you know that the Great Hammerhead shark; a regular inhabitant of the Red Sea, is listed as one of the world's top 20 most endangered sharks? Or that there is currently too little information for scientists to confirm if the Thresher shark; another Red Sea inhabitant, is also endangered?
The aim of 'Project Shark' is to highlight these global issues, with a Red Sea focus, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular reefs that the Red Sea has to offer.
During this week, divers will experience pristine diving, as well as becoming involved in a fundamental study of one of the world's most unique marine habitats - the Red Sea. The week will involve close encounters with sharks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks (although these sightings cannot be guaranteed!) with the possibility to observe them in their natural habitat and donate vital information to the study.
Founded by our expert dive guide and marine biologist, Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, in her quest to track and collect basic population data on oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus Longimanus), in the Egyptian Red Sea.
Elke began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and since this date she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of the Oceanic Whitetip for catalogue, review and analysis. Joining the blue o two team in 2007, Elke unifies blue o two's unique panel of expert dive guides; all offering our divers exceptional skills in scuba diving, marine studies and underwater audio-visual production.
The week will offer the opportunity to:
- Learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks within the Red Sea
- Learn and develop skills in Marine Biological studies; collecting data, species identification and analysing data
- Learn about globally endangered marine species and what we can do as divers to ensure their protection
- Enjoy fantastic diving on some of the most unique Red Sea reefs
- Experience potential close encounters with sharks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks (cannot be guaranteed)
Project shark is delivered by our team of expert dive guides, who will conduct seminars giving divers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the biology and behaviour of sharks within the Red Sea. There will also be a chance to learn about globally endangered marine species and what as diver we can do to aid their protection. Please note: Elke is not guaranteed to be on the boat on every Project Shark Week. In her absence, one of her trained expert guides will lead this itinerary.
The aim of the 'Longimanus Project' is the collection of basic population data on Oceanic Whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus Longimanus), in the Egyptian Red Sea. Based on natural markings, these sharks can be easily identified individually. Due to their curiosity and readiness to closely approach diving safari vessels, their zodiacs, as well as divers and snorkellers in the water, these markings are frequently documented on underwater photographs and videos.
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS ITINERARY?
Encounters with Endangered Species allows divers to add a greater purpose to their Red Sea holiday, so anyone who has an active interest in the preservation of the marine environment and its inhabitants. However, important to bear in mind is that as well as learning from experts about marine bio-studies within the Red Sea, divers will enjoy daily diving on very special reefs; Brother Islands and Elphinstone Reefs, as well as Daedalus reef, St. Johns, Zabargad and Rocky Islands on allocated weeks, making this an equally enjoyable week for those just wanting to enjoy the diving. Due to the locations of the dive sites visited on this itinerary there will be a substantial amount of travelling during the safari. This may mean that it is only possible to complete 3 dives on certain days.
Note: The above, is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The itinerary will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, weather, diving ability of guests & the number of other boats already present at the various dive sites. All dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of your dive guides and vessel captain.