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Pisces News: 14 January 2015

I hope your year has started in the best way possible! We have been super busy down here at Pisces, which came to an abrupt halt last Thursday when the SE started pounding us relentlessly! So the last week has been a chance to “make and mend”, take a breath and prepare for the next patch of good weather.

We did manage another trip out to the deep last Wednesday and we enjoyed some 22 degree and very blue water. Olivia Anderson was on the trip and she took this awesome shot of a Blue shark. We were also briefly visited by a Mako shark and two Bronzies were spotted as well. If you are interested in joining us for a pelagic trip, please let me know and we will put you on our call list for the next weather window.

On the subject of weather, it’s looking extremely unlikely that we will be able to launch this Friday or over the entire weekend. There is a very solid groundswell coupled with gale force South Easter for the immediate future. We’ll keep you posted if this miraculously changes and we can get a boat out! But if we can’t take you diving this weekend, I will try and tempt you to come on one of our trips later this year – see below for details.

Blue Shark by Olivia Anderson

Travel:

Red Sea Trip – 26th March to 2nd April

We will be heading off to Egypt for a live-aboard trip in late March for a wreck-focused trip, but still with a good sprinkling of excellent reefs. Drop me a line if you would like the info pack!

Thistlegorm - Andrew Taylor

Thistlegorm scene by Andrew Taylor

Sardine Run Trip:

We will be going back to East London again in June this year for the annual sardine run expedition. We will be running three weeks of trips, starting on the 6th, 13th and 20th of June. The week includes seven nights of accommodation on a full-board basis, daily transfers to East London from Chintsa, six days at sea (weather permitting) and cylinders and weights. There are details and online booking facilities at https://www.piscesdivers.co.za/dives/sardine-run-ocean-safari. If you have any questions on this expedition, please feel free to call or email us.

Dolphins on the Sardine Run

A rare calm day on the sardine run: Photo by Guido Zsilavecz