Pictures from Sharm El-Sheikh (Red Sea) scuba diving in Egypt: Batfish (Spadefish), Table Coral, and Red Lionfish.
Sharm El-Sheikh (Red Sea) Diving in Egypt: Silver Batfish, also known as Spadefish. © Dirk Wuyts
Batfishes are the best known species of the Ephippidae fish family. They are laterally compressed and have symmetrical dorsal fins. Batfish can be found all over the Indo-Pacific region, from the Red Sea to Australia.
The Red Sea is the world's northernmost tropical sea. It is a rich and diverse ecosystem containing more than 1200 species of fish, about 10% of them being endemic to the Red Sea. 2.000 km (1,240 mi) long coral reef extend along its coastline. Diving the Red Sea offers something for everyone.
The resort town of Sharm El Sheikh and the nearby Ras Mohammad National Marine Park are major attractions of the northern part of the Red Sea. Both are located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Situated on the coast of the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh overlooks the Straits of Tiran at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba.
With a temperate climate, long beaches, and clear waters, Sharm El-Sheikh is a great tourist destination that is particularly famous for scuba diving and other watersports. There are many diving spots along the 16km (10 mi) long beach between Sharm el-Sheikh and Ras Nusrani.
The Ras Mohammad National Park has an area of 480 km² (135 km² of surface land area and 345 km² area over water).The park includes the islands of Tiran and Sanafir as well as underwater caves. Coral reef ecosystems found in the National Park are recognized internationally as among the world's best.
Sharm El-Sheikh (Red Sea) Diving in Egypt: Table Coral (Acropora). © Dirk Wuyts
Acropora is a genus of small polyp stony coral. Depending on the species and location, it may grow as plates, slender or broad branches.
Corals that form broad horizontal surfaces are commonly called table corals. This pattern of growth increases the exposed surface area of the coral to the water column. Like most hard corals, the cells of table coral contain zooxanthellae that need light to photosynthesize and manufacture food for themselves and their host.
Sharm El-Sheikh (Red Sea) Diving in Egypt: Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans). © Dirk Wuyts
Red Lionfishes are native to coral reefs in the warm, tropical waters of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans. They prey on a wide variety of smaller fishes, shrimps and crabs. There are no definitive predators of the lionfish. Red Lionfish has large, venomous spines. It is a popular saltwater aquarium fish.
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