Red Sea Sharks The latest news from the Red Sea Sharks trust sharks                  FIRST DIVE TRIP after the lockdown!           After a record 7 months of not diving out there, I was able to join a liveaboard to the Marine Parks (Brother Islands & Daedalus) from the 5.- 11. July.

We did not see a single boat out there, except for a speedboat in Elphinstone later in the week.

We had the typical shark species for this season, scalloped hammerheads everywhere (maximum number was 7), grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, pelagic threshers, one oceanic whitetip (a new male at Small Brother), and a large silky shark in Daedalus... plus an amazing encounter with two marlins, and a small pod of bottlenose dolphins.

Great to go out there for some shark monitoring - and diving (!) - again, but it might be a while before the next one...

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is no telling when the Project Shark weeks on the blue o two liveaboards will be able to restart... I am still hoping to save the main oceanic season, October & November this year! ]]> GMT      
                 Link to my webinar on oceanic whitetips in Egypt...           Here is the link to the youtube-video of my oceanic whitetip webinar from a few days ago: Kindly organised and edited by Simon Lorenz from Insider Divers. Here is your chance to watch it, if you missed the live presentation... ]]> GMT                        Liveaboards in Egypt stop due to COVID-19 pandemic...  GMT                        Project Shark Weeks in Egypt online!  GMT                        Shark weeks in the Maldives in December 2015!!!          

How about a shark week of a different kind?

There is still some spaces on two PROJECT SHARK weeks in the Maldives in December 2015!

If you are interested in joining me, check the blue o two website at, and click on M/Y blue Voyager. newsimage

And here are a couple of pictures I took in the Maldives last December... just a little teaser!

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                 First shark week of the year!          

First the good news:

The silkies are back! Had at least 4 in Daedalus underneath the boats... plus 5 friendly hammerheads up along the north-eastern wall.

Add some oceanic whitetip shark action at Brothers, single thresher shark sightings, and the result is a great week!

If it wasn't for this one oceanic whitetip shark with the largest hook I have come across in the last 11 years stuck in its upper jaw...


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                 New grey reef shark identified!           New grey reef shark identified!

Last week we were able to identify a new male grey reef shark at Small Brother Island...

The first time since October 2012, an unfamiliar grey reef shark was photographed at Brother Islands. He was sighted on both morning dives near the north-western tip of the reef, together with two other males that have been sighted in the same area since April 2006 and January 2011, respectively. The wounds he is bearing on his back and sides, should heal fairly soon... ]]> GMT      
                 Project Shark weeks 2015 updated!  GMT                        Great article on Red Sea Sharks & Project Shark weeks in DIVER magazine!          
Appeared in DIVER March 2015

TONY EVERITT reckons his educated encounters with oceanic whitetips on a Red Sea liveaboard made it the trip of a lifetime...

Check out this link: for the full article. ]]> GMT      
                 Just a quick update...           Just a quick update... on how this shark season is going. Oceanics, grey reefs, hammerheads and more???

Not much in terms of oceanic whitetip shark sightings so far. Which is not unusual, main season after all is October/November, so we are waiting patiently. Grey reefs have been around their usual hangouts, Brothers, Daedalus, the St. John's plateau, and Elphinstone. Some nice sightings from Wadi Gimal as well! The stars so far this year were the hammerheads in Daedalus, and the record numbers of manta rays pretty much everywhere offshore! Following these sightings, a photo-identification catalogue for giant mantas in Egypt is in preparation. So look out for the next addition to our projects... ]]> GMT      
                 RSS at the German BOOT show in Duesseldorf 2014!           Red Sea Sharks at the German ‘BOOT’ Show in Düsseldorf 2014!

Our first visit at this nine day event ended last Sunday after handing out our Red Sea Sharks leaflets to inform the visitors about our project…

Situated at the blue o two stand, this hopefully helped to spread the word, get underwater shark images for our research and encourage divers to join the shark weeks in the Egyptian Red Sea! ]]> GMT      
                 An Unusual Question          
MESSAGE : Hi there,An interesting qsteuion (sp) to ask. I think that although I don't particularly want to see an animal killed, if the area relies on tourism (and let's assume that many of the activities that tourists like to participate in are in the sea swimming, snorkeling (sp), diving, kiteboarding, etc.), then lots of people's jobs are going to be affected if tourism in that area declines and visitor numbers fall. Perhaps getting rid of the shark is necessary to make sure tourists still visit, so local people can still make a living?


... As for your question, if getting rid of the sharks in the Red Sea might help increase the number of tourists, the very simple answer is no! The following paragraphs hopefully explain why...

The global shark tourism industry is growing every year, creating millions of dollars in direct income and job opportunities, and therefore providing the livelihood for a lot of people around the world.
Especially divers (a large proportion of the tourists visiting the Egyptian Red Sea!) are choosing dive locations that give them the best chances of meeting these predators underwater. They create important and extensive revenues for a number of countries, including Egypt & Sudan in the Red Sea, but also other destinations such as Palau, Fiji, the Bahamans, Costa Rica and Galapagos. Because of the sharks' economic value, these countries are trying their best to protect sharks not only in their waters, but globally.

In some areas, operators are also taking more and more people snorkelling with different shark species.

So generally speaking, killing sharks would be contra-productive to trying to help tourism, not only in Egypt, but in every other country that wants to attract divers.

Another consideration is the importance of healthy shark populations for healthy marine ecosystems. Sharks in their position as top predators are crucial for balancing the composition and abundance of other species in the ocean, maintaining delicate relationships between different parts of the marine food web. They are practically the marine health police, and removing them has been proven to have negative impacts on a variety of coastal and coral reef areas in different countries.

The non-divers visiting the Egyptian Red Sea coast can enjoy a variety of watersports and activities without having to worry about or even expect shark encounters close to the beaches. The exceptional series of attacks in Sharm El Sheikh in the winter 2010 was unprecedented, and should not be taken as an excuse to randomly kill or even irrationally fear sharks.

Tourism in Egypt throughout the last 3 years has mainly suffered from the massive political changes and uprisings, and the way that they were portrayed by the international press. Destroying one of Egypt's biggest - and safest - assets, the biodiversity of the Red Sea, would be the worst possible idea to try and boost tourism in the region.

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                 Exciting times for Red Sea Sharks!          
Hopefully the article in sport diver magazine will give us an additional boost to continue our quest to study the Red Sea shark species. While visually focussing on most divers’ favourite species, the oceanic whitetip shark, the article details our work on shark photo-identification of a variety of species, shark education, and general shark monitoring... all for the purpose of shark conservation.

And thankfully, this year’s sightings prove there is still sharks to protect in Egyptian waters: so far, single oceanic whitetip sharks in Daedalus, lots of hammerheads, more silky sharks than the previous two years combined... plus the resident grey reef sharks of Brother Islands and the odd but fairly consistent pelagic thresher shark sightings.

Very encouraging indeed, and the perfect motivation for all of you to keep supporting us. Submit your underwater shark images or help us financially by donating, or adopting one of our sharks online at! ]]> GMT      
                 She is back!           "SHE" is back! The oceanic whitetip shark female we have been lucky enough to see every single year since 2004 (exc. 2011) has returned to her favorite hangout, Daedalus Reef, in the end of March!!! Together with a school of hammerheads and a big silky... good start into the shark season in Egypt! :-) ]]> GMT                        It is done! Merry Christmas!!!           I finally finished looking through ALL the underwater images and videos of this season's oceanic whitetips. I identified all the individuals I could, so all the photographers are welcome to check up on 'their' sharks on our online database.

And it is official: the record was matched for maximum number of different oceanic whitetip sharks identified on one day in Elphinstone (or any other reef, for that matter): 29 !!!! It only ever happened once before, in October 2005.

In the next few days, I will also add some more longimanus-individuals for adoption, maybe a nice last minute christmas present? Although you will only receive your packages after the holidays, since we are sending them from Egypt.

Next up are the grey reef shark identifications 2012. Will let you know when that's done!

Happy holidays!!! ]]> GMT