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UAE East Coast Temperatures

Discussion in 'The Gulf' started by Searcaigh, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Another trip to Gunther's wrecks with Barracuda from Fujairah, long ride but well worth it.

    Two other boats were dropping divers when we arrived but there was no sign of them when we descended. My buddy Kerstin was first down and within less than a minute found three seahorses.

    Today I was using my 60mm lens which is much easier for such large critters

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    Second dive was on Martini Rock, but not much to write home about.
     
  2. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Is this a new site? I never heard of them when I lived there.
     
  3. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It was created in the 1990s and was re-discovered two years ago, might be three, time moves so fast.

    Gunther was a German guy that ran Sandy Beach Dive Centre when I arrived in UAE back in 1997. He had a very nice BMW R90/S too.

    Anyway he created the site as an artificial reef with several small boats as well as some scaffolding to build a structure several metres in height, it's quite expansive too. Maximum depth is 24m
     
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  4. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Back to Gunther's Wrecks again on BDC3, 50 min boat ride from Fujairah Marina, and if you dive from Sandy Beach a five minute boat ride.

    We did our second dive on Inchcape 2, while others did Hole in the Wall.

    I decided to use leave the Nikon on the boat and use the Olympus TG5 using my new Backscatter mini strobe.

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    This proved to be a wise choice as the seahorses I found were in a place where a large housing with double strobes would have been challenging.

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    Water temps seem to be warming up at depth, with a nice comfy 27C.

    Found one Trapania sp nudibranch on Inch 2 was unable to get a decent photo of it, however this small cowrie made up for it

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  5. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Back to Deep Reef 2 yesterday and Car Cemetery 2 for the second dive.

    Bottom temp was 24C, would have been fine if I didn't do a second dive, but I really felt cold on the second dive wearing a 3mm and hooded vest.

    That said, we found two seahorses on Deep Reef but sadly no nudis on CC2.

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    On the second dive my camera was stuck on f32 and I couldn't change the aperture :mad: so that restricted my subjects, but I did get a half decent shot of a cleaner shrimp.

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    and a tiny juvenile scorpionfish came crawling by :D

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    A good day out with Barracuda Dive Centre on their smaller boat, but I think I'll take their boat next week that is diving off Khorfakkan where it's three degrees warmer or bring my 5mm.
     
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