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Abu Dabbab Dugong update

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Abu Dabbab Dugong update

We're currently in Marsa for a while and just wanted to let anyone going to Abu Dabbab to try and swim with the Dugong know they will now need to go to the bay next door at the Equinox beach resort, as the resident Dugong has now decamped there (some say because too many people were trying to touch it). There are a couple of dive outfits that offer trips to the bay to see it, so you may still get lucky as we did, and it was well worth it :) Just please...don't try and touch it, and it may just stick around for a while longer.

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that is sad to hear , but it did happen a few years ago , the companies taking customers to the site need to enforce the no touching , no crowding of the creature and if there is a guide with them , they should be doing their damest to protect the creature and anyone found breaching the rules should be kicked off trip , just my opinion

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Totally agree Sg2 some people just can not help it. They should just be lucky they see 1 and savour the fact.

Like we mentioned before wait till November I feel the Dugong will be long gone.

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Totally agree too. I'm astounded the amount of people that think it's ok to touch or even try hold the sea creatures- I'm in coraya bay right now and people trying to get hold of the resident turtle. The beach staff try to stop it by politely explaining not to but the selfish guests think they know better and are rude back to them. In fact one woman yesterday told the environment guard she was a diver and knew better than him when she was asked not to touch the coral on the reef. Unbelievable!!

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The skin of the sea creatures are covered with slime and carry bacteria, the culprits are also the guides that take their customers to the sites, these famous (dolphin) spotting sites should be off-limits.

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I think the hardest part for many as we all like to dive is remember who lived under the water first. It certainly was not us. We should take the ocean and what lives underneath it and enjoy it. Totally agree about the dolphins also. If dolphins want to be nosey around us they will make their presence known. As for touching Coral and a Diver who can guess at that one.

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The day that we went out, there were 7 of us on our trip when we first found it. We had all been briefed not to touch it, and whilst there, 2 other snorkellers joined us, who promptly tried to touch it, so we all started shouting at them, and they were so embarrassed they swam off. Ha! I think if all the companies that take people out to see these fantastic creatures briefed everyone beforehand, most will follow the rules. In Abu Dabbab, I saw at least 3 people trying to hitch a ride on a turtles back. I was so angry that I was shouting at them, and they eventually swam away. I felt like a marine police officer...still I'll take a punch for a turtle anyday. I also have got into the habit of tucking floating pieces of plastic into my cossie. I'm not advocating everyone do this, but if we did...imagine how many turtles would be saved :) We've been off to Marsa Egla this morning to try and catch the Dugong there, but unfortunately we didn't see if and judging by the length of the sea grass, its not been eaten by a dugong for a while, so I do wonder if this one has gone elsewhere too :(

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We went out to Marsa last year for the first time . We stayed at the Coraya beach and were blown away by the snorkelling there . We also seen a few things that horrified us also people were chasing the pufffer fish round trying to get him to puff up they said 😳 Also the complete disrespect for the coral trying to break bits off . If tourist are caught why not just escort them off the premises then they would maybe learn a lesson .

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I believe if you want to swim with the dugong and turtles your most likely to find them in marsa mubarak close to fayrouz resort or at the equinox resort bay close to abo dabab bay and it would be more wise to go by taxi as it's cheaper and also not a big group that will annoy the creatures . On boat at least 20 persons if not a lot more goes and dugong usually runs away or splashes the sand to make it invisible to see him when too many tourists are close, I would recommend a taxi that can also take you to referent spots also, you can check out Steven's taxis on trip advisor

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9. Re: Abu Dabbab Dugong update

I would recommend getting a taxi and go to marsa mubarak your much more likely to find them there.

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Is there a specific time through the year when i can see it or if i go any time to marsa mubarak and abudabbab i can see it? I plan to be ther by early october so pls advise

Edited: 14 August 2017, 08:47
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