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Today we were back on the dive boat, and heading out to Ras Mohammed to do the same surveys we used yesterday as Ras Ghamilla and Bob.
Today Helen and I were looking at coral damage, which includes broken corals, coral disease, crown-of-thorns starfish trails and other signs of grazing. Our first dive was particularly special, as we got to dive at Turtle Beach, a site that is usually off-limits to divers and snorkelers. It has a really lovely sandy slope and some nice corals! There were not too many broken corals at this site, but I did see a couple with some white-band disease and a few tell-tale crown-of-thorns trails.
After a break for lunch, and a spot of sunshine, we jumped back in at Jackfish Alley to do another survey. There were a lot more broken corals here, and I saw more evidence of crown-of-thorns starfish, but as this site is subject to more current than the relatively sheltered Turtle Beach this may be the reason. At any rate we had a lovely dive and managed to get the surveys done, a good last day of diving! Tomorrow we head out to Nabq Managed Resource (its official name) for the last day of the course.
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