The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 65
19th April 2004

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Features & Articles

World Records

Deepest Point In The Ocean - The deepest part of the ocean was first pinpointed in 1951 by HM Survey Ship Challenger in the Marianas Trench in the Pacific Ocean. In March 1995 a depth of 10,911 m (35,797 ft) was recorded as the most accurate measurement yet.

Largest Fish - The world's largest fish is the rare plankton-feeding whale shark (Rhincodon typus), which is found in the warmer areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. The largest scientifically recorded example is 12.65 m (41 ft 6 in) long.

Deepest Dive By A Mammal - The deepest dive by a mammal was made by a bull sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) off the coast of Dominica, in the Caribbean, in 1991. Scientists recorded the dive to a depth of 2,000m (6,500 ft). The dive lasted one hour 13 minutes.

Most Poisonous Fish - Many species of fish are poisonous to eat, but the most poisonous are the puffer fish of the Red Sea and Indo-Pacific region. They have a fatally poisonous toxin called tetrodoxin. The fish's ovaries, eggs, blood, liver intestines, and, to a lesser extent, its skin, contain the poison. Less than 0.1g is enough to kill an adult in as little as 20 minutes.

Moby Dick

Local News

Paper Pyramid

As part of its 2010 World Cup campaign, Egypt plans to build a paper pyramid alongside those at Giza. The pyramid will comprise of paper messages declaring the global support for Egypt's bid, and is hoped to be the securing link for the 2010 extravaganza.

Minister of Youth and Sports Alieddin Hilal said he expected around 20 million messages of support for the bid to be collected from all over Egypt. They will be arranged into a pyramid, which it is estimated will stand 15 metres (50 feet) high and 12.5 metres (41 feet) wide.

Giftun Islands Petition

Last week we highlighted the fact that a group of Italian investors are approaching the Government with a proposal for a massive development plan on Giftun Island. Needless to say, such a plan would have devastating effect on the environment and would also establish an extremely dangerous precedent of giving away National Parks to developers.

The Governor of the Red Sea, General Saad Abou Rida, has already taken a strong stand against this scheme. If you are concerned with this issue, please show your support by signing the on-line petition. The petition can be found at:

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Parents & Kids


There are approximately 200 known species of octopuses. Larger species are most often found in cold, northern waters. Most make their homes in shallow coastal water and live inside dens or small caves at the ocean floor level. If no such items are available, octopuses will happily live inside old car tires, pots, jars and other debris.

Octopuses are considered anti-social, and live and travel alone. Octopuses frequently block the entrance to their homes with rocks and debris to keep others at arms length.
Octopuses come in all sizes from 2-inches long to 18-feet in length. The most widely known octopus is the Common Octopus, which lives in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic oceans. The Common octopus reaches 10-feet in length. The larger, Giant Octopus, makes its home in the Pacific, and has a diameter of over 30-feet.

Octopuses are perhaps best known for their long, sucker carrying arms. The typical octopus has 8 arms, with each arm holding two rows of fleshy suckers. Each octopus has a total of 240 suction cups on the underside of each arm. If an arm is bitten off, diseased or otherwise missing from the octopus, a new arm grows back in its place. The arms are joined at the base of the octopus in an area known as the "skirt". In the center of the skirt, lies the the octopus' mouth.

The mouth of the octopus contains a pair of sharp, horn-styled beaks and the radula, an organ used to drill shells apart and suck away fleshy meat. The octopus seizes its prey by means of its sucker-bearing arms. It then pulls the prey into its mouth. A poisonous salivary secretion is emitted immediately, paralyzing the prey and partially digesting it. The octopus then chews, using both its horny jaw and radula. Common prey of the octopus include crabs and lobsters. Several species of octopus feed on other shellfish, plankton and marine fish.

Octopuses or Octopi?

Most dictionaries accept either "octopuses" or "octopi," as do most of those who work with the animals.


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For Sale/Rent
Apartment for sale (upper floor) in Kafr El Gouna, El Gouna resort. Two bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 guest bathroom, open kitchen, large reception, balcony. Overlooks the sea and Club House. Including A/Cs and possibly almost new furniture. Please call : 010 500 0625.
Want your own business? Salon America, excellent reputation, great business - servicing foreign women and men for 6 years - is offering complete salon setup for rent (due to leaving Egypt). 2 station salon, with shampoo area , private bathroom and seperate private back room. Located in Sekella, Hurghada, beside El Souk Mall. For more information or to view, please call Wendy 012 243 9945.
For sale - childrens car seat, infant up to 2-3 years, American Graco brand (new 800LE). Asking 250 LE. Please contact : 012 243 9945. Hurghada. For sale : GMC washing washine, gas cooker, fridge, 30" Toshiba TV. Please contact: 012 283 1020. Hurghada.
3 piece sofa (large), arm chair with foot stool – cream colour with teak wood (very comfy for afternoon DVD viewing!) – 2000 LE. Please contact : Karim 010 122 0235.
El Gouna.
Cannon EOS-50E with lens 19-35. Plus lens 28-50. Plus lense 100-300. Plus electronic strobe. Package deal - 1000 Euro. For information call: 065 444675. Hurghada.

Second hand wetsuits for sale:

New long-john, Dacor, Size 4
Monosuit with hood, Coltri Sub, Size 3
Monosuit, Easyjet, Green/Black, Size 2
Shorty, Size 3
2 piece suit, Cressi Sub, Size 3
Woolly Bear, Mares, Size XL
Long-John, Size 2, Pink
2 piece, Pink/Green, Size XS
Monosuit, Protype, Size 3
85 Euro
50 Euro
50 Euro
30 Euro
35 Euro
85 Euro
20 Euro
40 Euro
50 Euro

For information contact: 012 563 0130 Hurghada.
Two Underwater Camera Systems for SALE:
1x Pro Set including:
Camera MM2ex (black), Strobe YS120TTL, Viewfinder 16-35mm, 2 x Wide Angle Lense 16mm & 20mm, 2x Makro Lense 1:3 & 1:2, Color Filter 20mm, Lense Holder, Multi Stay Set, Strobe Arm S&S 160cm, Lense holder and Camera Case Pelican 1500.
1x Limited Set including:
Camera MM2ex (yellow) , Strobe YS120TTL, Viewfinder 16-35mm, Multi Stay Set, Strobe Arm 6 and S&S Camera Bag.
For more info and price please call : 010 546 8800
. Hurghada.
Car for sale, GMC 95 as new, wheel drive, auto transmission, ABS, heavy duty
suspension, elec driver seat, velour miters, dark red metallic, central locking, rear wiper. P
lease contact Wessam El Sebai : 010 578 3697 or Dr Dia El Sebai : 012 733 3322. E-mail : [email protected] or [email protected]

Car for sale. Dodge Crysler, 1982 model with A/C, power steering, central locking, electric windows. Excellent condition, contact 012 747 2899 (Hurghada)

Apartment for sale in Moubarak 2 area, Hurghada. Fully furnished, 1st floor flat with 3 bedrooms. A/C, satellite TV, telephone and automatic washing machine. Please contact : 012 747 2899
Female, Belly Dancing teacher wanted for intermediate level student. Please contact Susann: 010 699 2513 or [email protected]
The Club House, El Gouna, is looking for a Chef. If you are qualified for this position, please call
012 311 3434 or email [email protected]
Home wanted for a half breed Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. Needs lots of space and needs to be walked daily. If you are interested please
call : 012 273 7859
Abo Nawas Resort, Marsa Alam, Egypt is seeking a House Keeping Manager for immediate employment. Good work environment and good employment opportunity. Please contact us by fax at (2) 012 249 3448 or email to [email protected] Please include a current contact telephone number.
TDI Middle East & Russia is looking for an Administrative Assistant for our Hurghada Office. Would you like to apply? Forward your c.v. to [email protected] or call us at 010 546 7700 or 065-447520.

Exclusive **** World Class Abo Nawas Resort in Marsa Alam, Opening New Season April 2004 - employment opportunities in all departments. For more info contact us by fax at (2) 012 249 3448 or email us at [email protected]

Abo Nawas Resort **** world class resort, located in pristine Marsa Alam, Egypt, is seeking foreign resident for public relation & secretary position. English a must and some Italian and computer experience preferred. Good work opportunity. Please contact us by fax (2) 012 249 3448 or email us at [email protected]

House wanted to rent from June. Must have minimum 2 bedrooms and balcony. Please contact : George between 3 pm till 7 pm. 012 789 3992 Hurghada.

House wanted, in Hurghada, to rent from June for long-term rental. Minimum 2 bedrooms and must have garden. Please contact:
Julie 447 309
Second hand car wanted. Must have A/C. Preferably 1997 or younger. Any make considered. Price range between 20,000 to around 30,000 LE. Please contact :
010 396 0819. Hurghada.
Wanted - professional and responsible Hair Designer and/or Beauty Professional.
Want your own business? Tired of working for others? Great business opportunity, for more information, please call : Wendy 012 243 9945. Hurghada.
Looking for physioterapist/personal trainer. Please contact : [email protected]
Wanted : 2nd hand baby & children’s toys and baby equipment, in good condition. Please contact: Busy Bees Nursery 447 314 or 010 308 3969. Hurghada.
H.E.P.C.A. is looking for a part-time Secretary with a love for the enviroment for the Hurghada office. English language must be fluent, while other languages are a bonus. Looking for someone to start immediately. Salary is to be discussed. Please email : Amar or phone 012 398 8108.
Searching for a Training partner in sports, running, biking. No competition. Just for fun. Running distance from 5 km upwards. Biking to Gouna or Safaga, maybe more. Please call: 010 545 9991 
A property in El Gouna in $35,000 to $45,000 price range. Please contact : Mr.Thompson at [email protected]
Person required to work part-time as Nursery Assistant. Must speak fluent English. Nursery experience preferred, but not essential as full training will be given. Salary dependent on experience. Please contact: Marika 012 393 4407. El Gouna.
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