Saudi 2008

Northern outskirts of the Farasan banks outside Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with a bunch of nice Swedes on a liveaboard. Six diving days with 25 dives each. Good, but not better than Marsa Shagra. Hot water, 30-31 degrees centigrade all the way down. Also see the topside pictures.

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Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)
Clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata)
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Scale-eating sabretooth blenny (Plagiotremus t...
Scale-eating sabretooth blenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) hiding in its wormhole
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Steina approaching a nice soft coral
Steina approaching a nice soft coral
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Spiral wire coral (Stichopathes sp) at 42m
Spiral wire coral (Stichopathes sp) at 42m
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Unique hanging sponges at Chioppi point
Unique hanging sponges at Chioppi point
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Erika at the 5m safety stop
Erika at the 5m safety stop
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Fridman's dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)
Fridman's dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)
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Halfspotted grouper (Cephalopholis hemistiktos...
Halfspotted grouper (Cephalopholis hemistiktos)
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Red Sea soapfish (Diploprion drachi)
Red Sea soapfish (Diploprion drachi)
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Royal angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus)
Royal angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus)
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Bloodspot squirrelfish (Neoniphon sammara)
Bloodspot squirrelfish (Neoniphon sammara)
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turban shell, probably (Turbo petholatus)
turban shell, probably (Turbo petholatus)
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Redmouth grouper (Aethaloperca rogaa)
Redmouth grouper (Aethaloperca rogaa)
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Red sea bannerfish (Heniochus intermedius)
Red sea bannerfish (Heniochus intermedius)
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Red sea shrimp goby (Ctenogobiops maculosus)
Red sea shrimp goby (Ctenogobiops maculosus)
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Redbreasted splendour wrasse (Cheilinus fascia...
Redbreasted splendour wrasse (Cheilinus fasciatus)
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Forster's hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
Forster's hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
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unidentified parrotfish
unidentified parrotfish
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Striated fusilier (Caesio striata)
Striated fusilier (Caesio striata)
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Masked butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus)
Masked butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus)
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Propeller of a wreck
Propeller of a wreck
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Spiked-shelled swimming crab (Thalamita picta)
Spiked-shelled swimming crab (Thalamita picta)
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two nudibranches that could be of the genus Gl...
two nudibranches that could be of the genus Glossodoris
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very tiny cnidarian on sand
very tiny cnidarian on sand
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Humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum)
Humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum)
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Humphead parrotfish Bolbometopon muricatum)
Humphead parrotfish Bolbometopon muricatum)
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Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens)
Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens)
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Orangespine surgeonfish (Naso lituratus)
Orangespine surgeonfish (Naso lituratus)
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coral close-up
coral close-up
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Honeycomb sponge (Crella cyathophora)
Honeycomb sponge (Crella cyathophora)
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coral close-up
coral close-up
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coral close-up
coral close-up
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Pixy hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus)
Pixy hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus)
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Coral scallop (Pedum spondyloideum)
Coral scallop (Pedum spondyloideum)
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knotted fan coral (Melithaea sp)
knotted fan coral (Melithaea sp)
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Longnose parrotfish (Hipposcarus harid) in py...
Longnose parrotfish (Hipposcarus harid)  in pyjama. Ain't I cute!
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Parrotfish eye
Parrotfish eye
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parrotfish fin
parrotfish fin
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Abbot's coral crab (Hypocolpus abbotti)
Abbot's coral crab (Hypocolpus abbotti)
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Red coral guard crab (Trapezia cymodoce?)
Red coral guard crab (Trapezia cymodoce?)
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Red-spotted coral guard crab (Trapezia tigrina...
Red-spotted coral guard crab (Trapezia tigrina)
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Baby Whitetip reefshark (Triaenodon obesus)
Baby Whitetip reefshark (Triaenodon obesus)
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reef scene
reef scene
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Steina at a coral head
Steina at a coral head
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Leopard blenny (Exallias brevis) with Forster'...
Leopard blenny (Exallias brevis) with Forster's hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
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Steinitz' partner goby (Amblyeleotris steinitz...
Steinitz' partner goby (Amblyeleotris steinitzi) with pair of (Alpheus djeddensi) shrimps
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Bubble coral (Plerogyra sinuosa) with host gob...
Bubble coral (Plerogyra sinuosa) with host goby (Pleurosicya sp)
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tiny host goby on soft coral (Pleurosicya sp)
tiny host goby on soft coral (Pleurosicya sp)
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host goby (Pleurosicya sp)
host goby (Pleurosicya sp)
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host gobies (Pleurosicya sp) on sponge-encrust...
host gobies (Pleurosicya sp) on sponge-encrusted rope
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Gorgonian goby (Bryaninops tigris) on black co...
Gorgonian goby (Bryaninops tigris) on black coral
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host goby (Pleurosicya sp) on whip coral
host goby (Pleurosicya sp) on whip coral
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Squat lobster (Gallathea sp) on Thorny sea sta...
Squat lobster (Gallathea sp) on Thorny sea star (Fromia nodosa)
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squat lobster (Galathea sp)
squat lobster (Galathea sp)
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Giant sea fan coral at 40m
Giant sea fan coral at 40m
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Red cluster whip coral (Ellisella sp)
Red cluster whip coral (Ellisella sp)
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Giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus)
Giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus)
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encrusting sponge (Microcionidae, probably Cla...
encrusting sponge (Microcionidae, probably Clathria sp)
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Red Sea anomonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus)
Red Sea anomonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus)
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fan coral
fan coral
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Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa)
Fluted giant clam (Tridacna squamosa)
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Giant clam, mantle
Giant clam, mantle

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