Thursday 15 August 2019

Snorkeling in the Adriatic

In the last weeks we've been visiting the sea and enjoying snorkeling in the Adriatic on a regular basis. We've been usually around Debeli and Tanki rtič near Ankaran, where the seabed is a mixture of rock and sand that supports a rather biodiverse marine community. Here are some of the species of fish and other marine organisms we managed to photograph with our underwater camera. We still need to improve our underwater photography, but for the moment we're quite satisfied with the results.
Mediterranean Jellyfish Cotylorhiza tuberculata - a rather common species in the Mediterranean, whose stings have little or no effect on humans. This specimen was about 10 cm in diameter.
Greater Weever Trachinus draco - regarded as the most venomous fish in the Mediterranean; typical of the sandy coast where it buries itself under the sand, becoming invisible.
Black Goby Gobius niger
Striped Red Mullet Mullus surmuletus
Sharp-snout Seabream Diplodus puntazzo
Red-black Triplefin Tripterygion tripteronotus
Sphinx Blenny Aidablennius sphynx
Dalmatian Blenny Lipophrys dalmatinus - a Mediterranean endemic, common in the Adriatic sea.
Caneva's Blenny Lipophrys canevae
Mystery Blenny Parablennius incognitus
Tompot Blenny Parablennius gattorugine
Rusty Blenny Parablennius sanguinolentus
Salema or Goldline Sarpa salpa
Mullet Mugil sp. feeding from a Noble Pen Shell Pinna nobilis
East Atlantic Peacock Wrasse Symphodus tinca
Grey Wrasse Symphodus cinereus
Mediterranean Sand Smelt Atherina hepsetus