Last Friday we were intending to go to the Neptune followed by Mike’s Tug – well Mike was marshall and he decided he hadn’t seen his boat for a while. Unfortunately the sea state was uncooperative and after a while with the journey time getting longer and longer we changed plans and headed for the Taha instead. This has been down nearly two years now and is no longer quite so new. A lot of the diesel engine oil has been taken off and the 5-litre cans have long since rotted through so now any environmental damage has either been done or been averted. Most of the tyres seem to have gone as well so if you get offered a cheap tyre with barnacles you know where it came from. While we were relaxing after the dive we had a brief glimpse of some dolphins about 200m away.
For the second dive we went to Karen’s dhow which is on the way back. We dive this quite a lot as it’s always a good plan B in the event of rougher than expected seas – as with this week. It’s not spectacular as a wreck but it’s usually home to some good marine life. In this case Geoff had barely got off the anchor line when he found himself staring a turtle in the eye. It seemed to want to get up close and personal but wisely changed its mind. There were also some baby barracuda and the usual jacks. Peter's video of this dive can be seen above. Also featured are a goby and shrimp who share the same burrow in the sand – dug by the shrimp and inhabited by the goby which in turn provides the shrimp with a warning of impending danger.
Friday 21 September (evening) we will be having a barbecue round the pool. Cost is a mere Dhs 35. Flyers are going out as the main objective is to get a few more members. A copy is attached so if can usefully spread a few around please do so. Please though remember rules for entry into the Wanderers.
AL BOOM are offering BSAC406 members the following discounts:
20% off all PADI Courses Sunday – Thursday
20% off all Diving Sunday – Thursday at either Al Aqah/Atlantis/Musandam
20% off purchases (with some trade exceptions (Suunto, Go-Pro etc)
You just need to produce your Sharjah Wanderers Dive Membership card.
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