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Pictures from Red Sea scuba diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt: Bluespotted Stingray, Spinner Dolphins, and Red Lionfish.  

Bluespotted Stingray  - Red Sea diving
Red Sea Diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt: Bluespotted Stingray (Dasyatis Kuhlii).                      © Dirk Wuyts

The Kuhl’s Stingray, more commonly known as Bluespotted Stingray, is a species of stingray of the Dasyatidae family. It is light green with blue spots. Its 300mm (12 inches) long barb is very venomous.

Bluespotted Stingrays
 can be buried in the sand which makes them extremely hard to spot. They are considered difficult to approach by divers but will allow reasonably close observation with slow, non threatening movements. 


Marsa Alam Diving: Spinner Dolphins
Red Sea Diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt: Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris).             © Dirk Wuyts

Dolphins may be found easily in the waters of Marsa Alam. Marsa Alam is a town situated in south-eastern Egypt on the western shore of the Red Sea, about 300 km south of Hurghada. It is a growing tourist destination. It is particularly renowned for unspoilt diving sites and nice beaches. All the year round, Marsa Alam enjoys warm (about 24°C / 75°F in winter) waters where it is common to see dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and dugongs.

Spinner dolphins average about
1.8 m in length and 75 kg in weigh. They are renowned for their acrobatics and aerial behaviors. They feed mainly on small mid-water fishes, deep-water squids, and shrimps.

Spinner dolphins often occur in groups and are quite gregarious. Although associations change frequently and there is no strict hierarchy of dominance, each group has usually a core of individuals who associate on a regular basis.

Marsa Alam Diving: Red Lionfish
Red Sea Diving in Marsa Alam, Egypt: Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans).                                © Dirk Wuyts

The red lionfish, also known as Turkeyfish or Zebrafish, is a coral reef fish in the family Scorpaenidae (scorpionfish). Its very venomous long dorsal and pectoral spines deter most potential predators. The red lionfish is an inhabitant of near and offshore coral and rocky reefs to depths of 50 meters. It is supposed to be mostly nocturnal since it tends to retreat to areas of hiding by day.
 
Lionfishes are among the most resplendent of all coral reef fishes. They are highly variable in appearance but are basically zebra-banded in red and white.

See also another picture of Red Lionfish

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ADC scuba diving Antwerpen/Deurne
Find here many other pictures of Dirk Wuyts from his scuba diving trip to Marsa Alam (Red Sea) in Egypt. The travelogue is in Dutch.

See also

Egypt > Pictures and travelogues > Diving Sharm El Sheikh
Egypt > Pictures and travelogues > Diving El Gouna

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