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page 2 have seen dead hamoors drift up on the beach during these cold spells and other fish as well. This of course raises temporary havoc with the fish population. In summer the water reaches as high as 98 degrees F. at Bahrain Id. according to Anton Mohr "Den Persiske Bukt". The salinity count is very high in summer due to excessive evaporation. These rigorous climatic conditions seriously limit the fauna and flora in the Gulf.The number of species of sea weeds corals,fish, and molluscs is a 1/2 to one third the species in the Gulf of Oman. Two species of small corals are found at Ras Tanura, the branch coral which grows 2 or possibly 3 feet high., and the white greyish brain coral round and about 12 inches in diameter. This limited coral reef habitat limits the number of highly colored reef fishes to be found . The tides are considerable 5 to 7 feet at Ras Tanura which makes noticeable differen ces on the long flat shallow areas in the Gulf. The fish supply is better than one might expect, and I beleve it to be better than adequate at the present time. Concerning my visit to the Red Sea at Jidda I had a very successful trip. I received excellent cooperation and Housing from the folks at Aramco House in Jidda. In particular I want to mention the great help rendered to me by Hussein Tahir Abdul Azziz,chauffeur for ARAMCO,in all my collecting and in securing market Fish for me even when I was sick. The Red Sea is studded with extensive coral reefs.that come within a foot of the surface. There is almost no tide at Jidda. 2.6 feet is the greatest tide recorded by theBechtel Co since January 1948. Because of extensive reefs there are a great number of brightly colored reef fishes most of which I got with powdered cube root, a rotenone poison.
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