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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Whale Shark Season Starts Early in Sharm El Sheikh

When diving in Sharm El Sheikh, we thought we were lucky last year to see our first whale shark of the season in March. The rest of the year went on to be a bumper year for whale shark sightings.
Today (February 5), we had our first whale shark of 2011, so fingers crossed for another exciting season for whale sharks.
It is estimated that todays whale shark was approx 4 to 5 meters long, so just a young one, which leads us to belive there may be elder members of it's family in the vicinity. This one was sighted on Jackfish Alley in the forst 10 minutes of the dive. It swam in from the blue, as if to investigate our group of divers. After giving us the once over, it turned tail and swam back out into the blue.
The last three or four seasons we have been experiencing an increasing number of whale shark sightings, and even many more manta rays than usual.
The water temperature has not dropped below 23 deg C again this winter and it stayed at 28 deg C until the start of December 2010. Is this a clue to why we are getting more and more of the plankton eating giants.

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