Dangerous dangerous reef

Copyright M.Khalil/HEPCA

In the afternoon of Sunday June 20th, 2010, some members of the research team went for a dive in Dangerous Reef before lunch. They encountered nudibranchs, triton triggerfish, humphead wrasses and most impressive of all, a shark. One of the researchers photographed the 2-meter cartilaginous fish to confirm the species identification. During lunch that afternoon, someone noticed a shadow lurking from underneath the boat. The shark came out from beneath and all were amazed by its sheer size and elegance.

Unlike dolphins who swim by moving their caudal fins up and down, sharks meander the waters by moving their fins from side to side. The fish aimlessly cruised around and beneath the boat for several minutes, occasionally breaching the surface with an inspecting attitude. The research team was able to capture good shots of the predator. The presence of claspers indicated that it was a male shark. The specimen  was recognized to be a silky shark, Carcharhinus falciformes.

Ali Fahmi (HEPCA intern)

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