999Exp: #101– Find a proper sea monster
This has always been of interest – to find something in the water such as Nessie, the Lochness monster. I have always believed, rather hoped that there are truly large monsters to be found, and that with a bit of luck, I’ll be the one to find it. Given my love for diving and water in general, a sea monster would be the ultimate.
On a recent trip to the Egyptian Red Sea I found it, completely unannounced and by accident, my sea monster!
I absolutely love night diving, and there is nothing more special than diving at night in the Red Sea. Armed with a couple of good flash lights and in my case, one big ass underwater camera with strobes to be match, it’s absolutely amazing how the animals come alive at night in the ocean.
On this particular dive we were going to spend most of the dive on a relatively shallow wreck at around 12m to 15m. My buddy and I were quick of the boat and were scouting the dive site ahead of most of the other divers.
Our attention was focussed on a particularly aggressive little fire fish, and we were not paying good attention to where we were swimming and what was going on ahead of us. The next thing I realised was my buddy going into an aggressive backward frog kicking motion spinning himself around all axes trying to get away from whatever it was he had just swam into. He absolutely shat himself – but so would you swimming head first in the dark into this monster of an animal.
It was a ginormous moray eel. The locals call it George and it’s estimated at 2.5m long, weighing as much as 150kg. Have a look at the video – it took me a little while to get this animal into focus and take its picture, but I managed to get him in proper full high definition video for a good couple of seconds. Wow, what an experience! Certainly a major tick of the list with the smile to go with it!