Barracuda Tornado

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    A "tornado" of schooling barracudas at Sanganeb Reef, Sudan.

    This school was huge. Even though it was near the surface, it was clearly visible from 45m down on a dull overcast day.

    KG captures, Alexander Yates, and 117 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. ScottS101 ages ago | reply


      How did diving in Sudan compare to other places you've been? You're shots make it look great!

    2. gerb ages ago | reply

      Superb angle Rob, Great shot. I like your "tornado" description, the first word in my mind when I saw the thumbnail was "wormhole".

    3. Rob Hughes ages ago | reply


      I really enjoyed diving in Sudan, it is definitely a great dive destination. I can't really comment on how it compares to the Egyptian Red Sea, because I haven't been there, but for sure there are far fewer dive boats in Sudan.

      It would be nice to stay a lot longer than the week we did - the conditions were variable. But in the space of four days we saw these barracudas, lots of grey reef sharks, some small schools of hammerheads, silvertip shark, tiger shark, a manta and some bottlenose dolphins. Some of the sites had excellent soft coral growth, too. The diving was often quite deep (40 / 50m for the hammerheads). A rebreather would be have been good to stay deep for longer and get really close to the animals.

    4. OriginalArnie ages ago | reply

      Amazing sight!

    5. ablaze cherry [deleted] ages ago | reply

      Hey nice... Have yet to get my retrieve my pics of the same school...

    6. breakable fork [deleted] ages ago | reply

      Great capture........................

    7. LyrindaS ages ago | reply

      Awesome! Truly a vortex to remember! I can just imagine what it was like to swim up through the eye of the vortex.... Do you ever take videos? That would have been incredible as a video.....

    8. Cubozoa ages ago | reply

      cool :-)

    9. kimman2008 ages ago | reply

      WOW, i wonder who you are, i am sure i know yr face but not yr name. are u stil on Island???

      I love yr photos mate, keep taking to share with us.

    10. t.klick ages ago | reply

      I just came back to this shot. It is still unbeliebable to me. Just awesome!

    11. SpeedyDi20832 ages ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sea Life, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. antonsrkn ages ago | reply

      Amazing, this photo turned out great. How is this behavior explained?

    13. mathetdjam ages ago | reply

      Great picture!!

    14. Іммо & Єlѕ ages ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Schools of fish, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    15. fisherbray 114 months ago | reply

      awesome shot.

    16. Swinter12 78 months ago | reply

      This shot is amazing! Never seen a school of fish like this one.
      Thanks for uploading under a Creative Commons License.
      I've used this shot in an article of mine here:

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