June 2009 Archives

Nuweiba's stonefish trigger great interest

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Emperor's last newsletter carried this piece from Nuweiba...

Another dive and another surprise on Emperor's house reef at the Hilton in Nuweiba! George and Joan Houghton were being guided one afternoon in May enjoying close encounters with a slipper lobster, yellow-mouthed, undulated and grey morays, nudibranchs and the usual prides of lionfish when they came across this trio of stonefish. Suddenly, and without warning, they took off in formation, propelling themselves around the coral block in the rather ungainly way that stonefish swim before landing, once again in perfect formation, on the other side of the block.

It is certainly not a common sight to observe swimming stonefish but this is the first time that I have ever seen a trio of them swimming together!

 

Well, this certainly got a lot of people responding and we will be carrying more on this in the next newsletter so be sure to sign up for it and get your email copy. In the meantime, Jim Pickup, Nuweiba's Dive Centre Manager, has replied on Facebook and sent an updated photo of the hard threesome...

0709 The Three Amigos stonefish nuweiba.jpgJim Pickup, Dive Centre Manager, Nuweiba, replies...

There have always been a number of Stonefish knocking about on our House Reef and hiding in the sea-grass. Whether these three are the same ones you saw last year I do not know. Certainly I have been seeing two big ones skulking side by side quite often, but this was my first sighting of these three. I have a better picture of them sitting still (left) perhaps you recognize their smiling faces!

Nuweiba's alternative tentacles

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By Dive Centre Manger, Jim Pickup

There has certainly been some debate about our octopus seen on a night dive here in Nuweiba recently. Because of its shape shifting and behavior I proposed that it may have been a Mimic Octopus, which has been positively identified here in the Gulf of Aqaba previously.

However, eagle-eyed Hilary Elder pointed out that she had taken an actual photo of a mimic octopus when diving with Eco Divers in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, a couple of years ago. Cary Yanny from Eco Divers says that it's not a Mimic Octopus and in fact may be a Starry Night Octopus. What if I throw a White-spotted Octopus (Octopus macropus) into the debate?

Still talking octopus - here is a photo of a more commonly seen Reef Octopus (Octopus cyaneus) taken a few days ago on our house reef in Nuweiba.

Why are there mantas in "Manta Point"?

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By Daniele Zanoni


Photo by Bill James
Since the end of March/early April we have been seeing mantas (Manta birostris) in a place that is not mapped on the official guide book. This place is in a bay between Pinky Wall and Tower. Since the coral reef on the slope is not great at all, normal diving activity is not carried out in this place. Last year, by chance, we could not do the dive in Tower because of a counter current, so we decided to go reef right instead. With great surprise we met whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) and a huge number of mantas. I have of course neither scientific data nor equipment to conduct proper investigations but I might have a good speculation.
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