It´s been quite a while since my last blog post, it has been even more time since my last trip to Dahab/Egypt. Now it´s time to catch up on both!
My last stay in Dahab was connected with a 6 week internship at the Red Sea Environmental Centre (RSEC). RSEC is a private institution for marine science and marine conservation. My stay there had a huge impact on me and made me aware of how vulnerable marine ecosystems are!
Although I do not join a current project at the RSEC (only here for vacation) it is great to meet some well-known people again and have a few nice dives! I already had 5 dives so far and I was enjoying each single one of them.
Especially the dive sites Um Sid and Coral Garden were worth it to be seen: Garden eels, scorpion- and lion fishes, Napoleons, dogtooth tuna, beautiful corals and anemones made the dives a pleasure! Unfortunately also some things had changed: At some places there was a big algal coverage on corals, which I haven´t observed two years back. Although the algal growth usually is stronger at this time of the year, overfishing and nutrient input increase it even more. The algal coverage can unfortunately lead to the death of coral colonies (click here, if you want to learn more about corals and their threats). Let´s keep fingers crossed, that the algae will reduce towards the summer!
Tomorrow I´m going to have a day off from diving (well, not completely – I will do a night dive) to have a little photo tour through Dahab. So be prepared for upcoming blogposts with information about and photographic impressions of a town called Dahab 😉