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Sharks in the Red Sea in Egypt

Dreaming about seeing sharks swimming in the open Red Sea? Not a bad idea, but try not to become their prey

Sharks in the Red Sea
Sharks in the Red Sea
Sharks in the Red Sea
Sharks in the Red Sea
Sharks in the Red Sea

Around 30 types of sharks dwell deep in the Red Sea. They include rather peaceful reef predators (white tip sharks and black tip sharks, reef sharks, sand sharks, leopard sharks, and nurse sharks) and others not so dangerous for human beings (hammerhead sharks, mako with short flippers, black-finned sharks, silver sharks, tiger sharks, grey reef sharks).

You should know that whale shark and hammerhead shark season in the Red Sea occurs in summer, especially from the end of May until the end of July. These underwater predators can be spotted in the northern part of the sea and in the south.

The best time to see sharks at Marsa Alam dive sites or Jackson Reef in Strait of Tiran is from July to September and Daedalus from May to August. Thresher Sharks are also a very interesting shark with its exceptionally long tail and pointy nose. You can also see them in Egypt's Brother Islands and in Marsa Alam Daedalus dive sites from September to February. Other cool shark dives include Longimanus in South Egypt's Elphinstone from October to January.

For an extra special shark experience, the sardine run is a must. In the south of Egypt in December-January, massive schools of sardines migrate which causes a frenzy of activity for miles around. This natural phenomenon attracts extreme numbers of predators including dolphins, whales, and many sharks such as the Bronze Whaler and Dusky Shark. Manta rays also feed on the plankton blooms. Wherever you choose to go just be safe and attentive and treat these majestic creatures with the respect they deserve.

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When is the best time to see sharks in the Red Sea in Egypt?

The months of May to July are the best times to catch glimpses of the whale shark and hammerhead shark in Egypt's Red Sea. Northern and southern parts of the sea offer good views. Another species of shark that can be seen in the Brother Islands and in Marsa Alam Daedalus dive sites is the Thresher shark. Seasons for this type of shark run from September to February. Divers should ensure that ecotourism guidelines are followed so as not to harm the sharks. Show more

Where can one see Thresher Sharks in Egypt?

The Brother Islands and Marsa Alam Daedalus dive sites have seasons for Thresher Sharks, which are between September and February every year. These sharks are easily identifiable with their lengthy tails and noses. Diving with them can be quite thrilling if it's done ethically, meaning by diving tour operators who follow the principles of ecotourism. The Global Threat Assessment for Sharks and Rays recommends these guidelines for promoting sustainability and safe diving practices. Show more

What is the sardine run and when does it occur in Egypt?

The sardine run that happens in the southern parts of Egypt's Red Sea in December and January is a magnificent spectacle. Huge schools of sardines migrate at this time of the year, attracting several predators. Along with sharks, dolphins, whales, and even manta rays flock to the area to feed on the plankton that blooms during this phenomenon. Thrill-seekers who wish to dive with the predators contribute to ecotourism and promote sustainable practices. Show more

What other predators can be seen during the sardine run?

Dolphins, whales, and manta rays are other predators that flock to the southern parts of Egypt's Red Sea during the sardine run that occurs in December and January. Divers who choose ecotourism tour operators and practice safety measures can swim with these creatures and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience. The sardine run is an example of the diverse and life-enriching possibilities that the Red Sea offers as one of the best diving spots globally. Show more

How can one ensure safety while diving with sharks in Egypt?

Diving with sharks can be fun and safe as long as ecotourism guidelines are followed. Choosing a tour operator who follows such guidelines is a crucial step. Divers must also learn and apply safe techniques while diving, such as not engaging in sudden movements or splashes, approaching sharks with ease, and not feeding them. As divers implement safe diving practices, they can protect themselves and the sharks, as demonstrated in the Global Threat Assessment for Sharks and Rays. Show more

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