Dives not years (part 2)
My 50th dive was during the recent dive holiday in Egypt, on a liveaboard doing the Northern wrecks and reefs of the Red Sea. The dive, only our fourth of the trip, was on the Giannis D, a cargo ship carrying soft timbers, which ran aground on a reef in 1983 and subsequently broke up, resting at the bottom of that reef in 10m-28m of water.
Roz was my buddy. Half of our group were going to penetrate the wreck, we explored the outside, noting the way the coral is taking over to form a brilliant array of colour, shape and texture. The ubiquitous lion fish were much in evidence, but as ever, such diversity, such numbers of glass fish, wrasse, shoals of striped, speckled, rainbow, large, small, camouflaged or vivid fish… One highlight had to be as we rounded part of the structure and I found myself looking straight down on the propeller way below, embedded in the sand next to the wreck. The water so clear, the wreck structure towering next to us, left me feeling very small yet very privileged to be diving here. That evening, I was given a cake!