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Scuba Diving @ Marsa Alam

In August 2017 my brother Thomas and I went to Marsa Alam in the south of Egypt for scuba diving. We stayed at The Oasis, a Werner Lau diving center, for a week.
We had good luck: After half a year of absence from Abu Dabbab the dugong had just returned. We were the second group to spot it. Although it was surrounded by a lot of snorklers and scuba divers (us! ;-) ) the dugong kept calm and seemed to be unimpressed. It was always busy with eating and would only interrupt for a few minutes to gasp for breath at the surface. We spent over half an hour with it and the many sea turtles around.
Another highlight was a large shoal of dolphins passing by just after we had entered the water at Marsa Shagra. I had only a few seconds to get my camera ready and take two shots – you can see the result below…
Enjoy!

- Bernd -

Sea World – petting zoo with orcas

Drawn here by their main attraction, the wonder- but also pitiful orcas, Sea World is just another Entertainment Park wrapped in a maritime costume.

Nearly every tank is linked to some kind of attraction – the crowded manta bay only seems to be the sidekick of the manta-style rollercoaster. Same can be said about the (touch-a-)sting-ray shore, the turtle & manatee shelter (incl. a 3D underwater simulation), the (feed-a-)dolphin lagoon and the shark tunnel – a truly moving experience (not because of the animals but the conveyor belt on which you are moved through the tunnel).

The orcas themselves are amazing, beautiful and left us speechless (and dripping wet). Yet their show is just a wanna-be “take-care-of-our-environment” theater.
As if this isn’t sad enough we were almost shocked by the last part of our tour through bling-bling Sea World: Antarctica. A traumatized walrus, an apathetic polar bear and five (!) stressed belugas packed in a huge, air-conditioned to a chilly temperature, fake arctic research station – to be entered through a simulated helicopter ride, of course.

After all, this was a dissapointing visit. If it wasn’t for the orcas and connected to them maybe the intention to create a more sensitive handling of the environment, we would not recommend to visit Sea World.

- Isabell –

The orca theater (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
The orca theater (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Orcas (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Orcas (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Orca posing for the audience (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Orca posing for the audience (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Deep blue water (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Deep blue water (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Sea lion and its teacher having fun with each other ;-) (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Sea lion and its teacher having fun with each other ;-) (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Baby gators (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Baby gators (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell trying to take a picture from the conveyor belt - worst shark experience ever (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell trying to take a picture from the conveyor belt – worst shark experience ever (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Manatee gasping for breath (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Manatee gasping for breath (© 2014 Bernd Neeser)
Selfie!!! (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)
Selfie!!! (© 2014 Isabell Gernert)