It was my fascination with sharks that prompted me to take up scuba diving. I trained off the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, and dived there for four seasons without seeing anything more than a conger eel and a dogfish. So I decided to change tack to the gin-clear waters of the Red Sea.
My first trip was like an awakening. Off the coast of Egypt I discovered a wonderland: I swam with wild dolphins, marvelled at giant moray eels and I saw sharks