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The best time to see stuff in a busy is early morning. Water is usually very calm, and animals are not scared away by hordes of intro-divers.

Unfortunately, the light just after a sunrise is not good for making photos under the water.
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Are there any dangerous creatures that live in the reef in Eilat?

Yes there are, especially those that can use their poison on a diver. Fortunately, they are always clearly visible and stationary. (Either completely static like anemone or moving very slowly like this lion fish)
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There are very poisonous sea snakes in tropical seas, but not in Eilat. This is not a sea snake. (I hope so)

It must be a snake eel. I am not a marine biologist, so I can't really tell a snake eel's mimicry from a real snake.

An adult bluespotted ribbontail ray was not afraid of me and did not try to fly away like his younger sibling did before.
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Not surprisingly - it's tail is a potent weapon.

And bigger predator fish is only dangerous to smaller fish.
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During these few days I found that swimming to the sea before 8AM pays off. Even on Friday, I was the first guy in the sea.

That white thing on the horizon is the famous underwater observatory.
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There are many aquariums with sea turtles, sharks, rays, exotic fish, a poor octopus, etc there. The main attraction however are not the aquariums but a big underwater observatory. Their web site states that it is the oldest underwater onbservatory, and the windows are submerged to 6 meters. When I was taking the stairs down I had a feeling that the real depth is just 3 meters.

The views there are very good.
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So I obviously wondered how it would look from outside? The only way to find out is to get there by the sea. One has to buy a pass to the nature reserve beach and swim 500 meters from there, or swim a kilometer from a public beach. I have chosen a cheaper option :)

That is how it looks from the sea:

Nothing too special as a coral, but could be a nice wreck :) When diving there, I felt like the depth was only about 3-4 meters.

Now I see how the fish feels like when it is being watched and photographed through the windows:
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That lady with a white smartphone must have taken couple of pictures of me and fish.

The corals around are well nurtured.
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The bubbles on the pictures above are coming from the divers, who are taking care of the reef.
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And yes, these guys must release the octopus or at least get him a bigger cage!!!
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This time it is not the most rich reef I've been too, but I have more encounters with interesting sea life than ever. This is because now I know the secret: Get There Early! (This secret is well known to all the fishermen, but I did not realize it applies to freediving).

So, I got a hawksbill sea turtle. (Critically endangered, so must be difficult to come by)

(now I'd like to meet a green sea turtle)

a baby stingray
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It was the most difficult animal to stalk, such a coward!

A sea snake
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or what is it? It was moving much faster than a trepang.

A barracuda
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An anemona is guarded by two clownfish
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Very common thing actually, a cleaner wrasse and an urchin come as a bonus.

An octopus
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And by the way, the guys at Eilat underwater observatory should get their octopus a bigger aquarium!

Divers getting their useless certificates
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And by the way that was the first time I've seen kids younger than 8 with aqualungs - is it even legal?

Strange tourists who cannot swim but keep trying,
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And finally myself:
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Octopus

Jul. 9th, 2013 10:27 am
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I was trying to find an octopus on my every diving occasion. Finally I made it today. I went for a short dive before the breakfast, first time this year and met 2 or three octopuses.

First, I've noticed one slowly getting out of his hideout.
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He was changing colors, and was doing all the stuff octopus is supposed to do.

First red.

It just takes a fraction of a second to turn to a stone.
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Just few seconds before Julia had sprinted to me, another octopus approached this one and they fled to coral fields together
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And once again, they changed color to blue.

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