“This moment is a breathtaking situation in my film – the whale shark came and we all felt overpowered.
“I was so happy that I could record it, because we hardly believed what had just happened.”
* IN A LESS CHEERFUL Red Sea shark story, a 41-year-old Czech tourist was reported to have been killed by a shark of unknown species while swimming off the coast north of Marsa Alam on 3 August. Part of the body was later found. It was the first such attack on a swimmer in Egypt to be reported in three years.
Local media reports were said to have been withdrawn from the Internet, but the Environment Ministry, which is investigating the incident, was quick to reassure scuba divers that it was only surface-swimmers in deeper water beyond the reefs who could be vulnerable to attack.