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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Help us Identify The Green Turtles

Over the last seven years or so, we've regularly seen a small female Green Turtle at Ras Mohamed. Some dive guides call her Millie. We are seeing it now increase in size (if it's the same one).


We'd like to find a bit more about her, and getting photos of turtles around Sharm over the years will help.

Firstly, we'd like to identify if there is more than one Green Turtle of this size here in the Sharm area. We've seen bigger ones, which we think could be Millies parents, and we have some photo's of Millie when she was younger. More photo's will help tremendously. 


When born, green sea turtles are only 5 cm (2 in) long. But they grow up to 1.5 meters (5 ft) in length and can weigh over 300 kg (700 lbs), making them the largest of the hard shell sea turtles.
The dorsal shell of the green turtle, or carapace, is wide, smooth, and brownish-olive in color. 
The underside of the shell, or plastron, is yellow. Green sea turtles are so named for the greenish hue of their skin. They have heads that cannot retract into their bodies, a trait commonly associated with turtles so our research tells us but we thought that was tortoise's. Reaching speeds of up to 56 km/h (35 mph), their streamlined shell and paddle-like flippers aid in their ability to swim quickly and with grace.


O.K. here's what we'd like you to do.

Please send your photos of turtles taken in the Sharm area and let us know.
1. Date. (approximately will do if you can't remember exactly).
2. Dive site. (if unknown a rough area will do i.e Ras Mohamed, Tiran, Local)
3. Please e.mail your photos to info@elite-diving.com
4. We would like your permission to use the photos on our blog to inform divers of our findings, Please state if we can use them or not.

e.mail: info@elite-diving.com

Thanks

Alun
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Boat Name Is


Thanks for all your suggestions to help name our boat. It gave us a great source of amusement with some of the suggestions.

We are on our third attempt to secure a boat to buy. The other two were being held back as some of the owners didn't want to sell and were having a power struggle between them.

Boaty McBoatface started to build up momentum in the early stages, but thank God there were a lot of you out there that saved the day and started sending in other sensible suggestions.

There were many of you who sent in more than one suggestion, which is fine by us.

Some funny ones but still quite apt were "Dive now in a Minute" that was sent in a few times, once by our very own H. "Free Abuse" was another apt one, but as I say, we never put anything with FREE written down in writing. It could get misconstrued!!!! Another popular one was "STUNNING" which many of you know is Mr Alun's catch phrase. "NEWTRIANTS" which is a reference to Alec's awesome briefings was also brandished about. The one that was always going to be a non starter was sent in by Danny Calvert. I can only assume he was having a laugh as "St George" isn't welcome in these parts since the Crusades although there already a boat named that in Travco Marina.

Callum-Valentino Rossi suggested we call the boat "The Big G". The only other person to back him up was G himself. Sorry lads!

There were also some very nice suggestions that were in the Welsh Launguage, Swn Y Mor (Sound of the sea), Seren Sinai (Sinai Star) Cariad (my love) Y DDraig Goch (The Red Dragon), Calon Lan (Pure of Heart) and many more.

Also you romantics out there pushed this one almost to the top. "Moyra Lee" but it's bad luck to re-name a boat with a ladies name.
Mr Alun said.
"It would be OK in this case, as she's no lady, she's my wife" which got him a thump from the Boss!

One that we had a few suggestions for would be a task to write on the boat, even though Mr Richard Jones suggested writing the name from the Starboard side around to the Port side. LLanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!!!!!! Thanks Nikki and a few others!

In the end, there were two most popular names/words. We are very pleased with the both. There are two words which kept cropping up. One being Dragon accompanied before or after by another word like Red, Welsh, Diver, Sharm (Mr Alun's favorite Mary Jones) even Sakara!!! The other being Elite accompanied by others such as Dragon, Red Sea, Sharm, Explorer, Shearwater, and many more.

In the end we chose the word that appeared all on it's own the most. So the name of our new boat is
plain and simple, one word just like Lido was, and I'm sure it won't come as much of a surprise. Click on boat name to find out. BOAT NAME




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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The diving is better than ever without many divers here in Sharm El Sheikh

                                                   
As you may have seen this month? We have had a lot of fun out on the Boat, along with some superb diving.  We had many turtles coming along, with two even flirting with each other right in front of us!!
  


The big schools are making their way back to the sites at Ras Mohammed, the Snappers, Barracuda, Bat Fish, Emperors and the Unicorn fish have all been spotted gathering together.                                                          Tim has had his 1st experience with a Manta, Tanya got to see a Grey Reef Shark swimming by.  Sean being the guide expertly finding them on both occassions!!!






The Water is certainly warming up, G is back in his Shorts & Rash vest, even Hossam is out of the drysuit and back in his Shortie! So it must be true, you couldn't make it up....



    So why not come out to join in the fun and of course, spectacular diving?? We have some familiar faces starting their diving on the 13th & 14th of June.  We would love to see you out here enjoying with us, both in the water and at Ras Stella afterwards :-)
                                          

Check out Skyscanner.com and fly Heathrow to Sharm, via Cairo.... It's sooo easy, and at the moment the prices are approx £350 return on 13th June. Incredible!!!! So take advantage before they start to go up?

All photos supplied by Nigel Wade Technical Editor of Diver magazine when he dived with us this time last year. It's even better this year.

E-mail Angie in the office for details on the dive packs;

info@elite-diving.com










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