Category Archives : Underwater


A shoal of lyretail anthias in the Red Sea

Why do fish shoal

As an experienced SCUBA diver I come across shoals of fish on virtually every dive, from tiny damselfish to schools of jack and even shoals of hammerhead sharks. It is well known that small fish form shoals for defence from predators, but how does this work? Surely a mass of prey is more visible and […]


Pixie Hawkfish

  Pixie Hawkfish photo factsheet: Commonly found amongst hard corals on the reef, the Pixy Hawkfish is very photogenic and sits on top of the reef for just about long enough for you to to take a picture. It is about 9cm long. Scientific Name: Cirrhitchthys oxycephalus Photo Location: East Wall, Sanganeb Reef, Sudan. The […]

Pixie Hawkfish

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Dolphins

OK, so no great photos here, but as this was my first meaningful ‘swimming with dolphins’ experience, having been diving for over 20 years, I felt obliged! This was a resident pod of spinner dolphins in the lagoon at Sha’ab Rumi reef, which is where Jacques Cousteau created the Precontinent underwater Village. It’s still there, […]


Longnose Hawkfish in Sudan

This is the first post about my recent trip to Sudan. I saw this pair of Longnose Hawkfish – Oxycirrhites typus amongst black coral off the South West tip of Sanganeb Reef. Hawkfish are normally solitary, and some of the other species are well known to underwater photographers as they tend to sit still on coral outcrops, […]

Pair of Longnose Hawkfish