11 Aug - 12 Aug 2007 Harat Island

Southern Red Sea
State of Eritrea
Harat Island
Sheikh el Abu Island
SY "Kamu II" at anchor, east of Sheikh el Abu Island, in discoloured water at 8 m depth, on sand.

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Logging the sailed or drifted distance of a relaxed 40 nm between Difnein Island and Harat Island in 36 hours, due to the fact that we save as much diesel fuel as possible. 

“Act, and you shall have dinner; wait, and you shall be dinner.”

Matt: Taking a bath from the swimming platform (whilst our ship is becalmed) and, almost too late, spotting five bold and inquisitive silvertip sharks (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) circling 3 m below me, listening to their counting rhyme and remembering words of local wisdom: “When you enter the water, you enter the food chain.”
"The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail. The mouth was open just enough to permit a rush of water over the gills. There was little other motion: an occasional correction of the apparently aimless course by the slight raising or lowering of a pectoral fin - as a bird changes direction by dipping one wing and lifting the other. The eyes were sightless in the black, and the other senses transmitted nothing extraordinary to the small, primitive brain. The fish might have been asleep, save for the movement dictated by countless millions of years of instinctive continuity: lacking the flotation bladder common to other fish and the fluttering flaps to push oxygen-bearing water through its gills, it survived only by moving. Once stopped, it would sink to the bottom and die of anoxia..."

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