Tuesday 28 August 2018

Snorkeling in the Adriatic sea

Summer is slowly coming to an end so we decided to produce a review of our numerous snorkeling trips to the Gulf of Trieste, close to home. This year we bought a small GoPro camera with which we enriched our snorkeling sessions, by taking underwater photos of the marine life we saw. The photos are purely documentative and of poor quality, but give an idea about some of the species of marine organisms that can be found in the Northern Adriatic. Within the selection we also included four photos that we took in Croatia, which represent species that can be found in the Gulf of Trieste as well. Enjoy the dive!
 Slender Sea Star Astropecten spinulosus

Common Cuttlefish Sepia officinalis

Greater Weever Trachinus draco
Tentacled Blenny Parablennius tentacularis

 Tompot Blenny Parablennius gattorugine

 Rusty Blenny Parablennius sanguinolentus

 Peacock Blenny Lipophrys pavo

Goldline (Salema) Sarpa salpa 

 Gilt-head Bream Sparus auratus & Painted Comber Serranus scriba

Sand Steenbras Lithognathus mormyrus

Red Mullet Mullus surmuletus

Two-banded Seabream Diplodus vulgaris

 Gilt-head Bream Sparus auratus
Annular Seabream Diplodus annularis 
Sharpsnout Seabream Diplodus puntazzo
 Two-banded Seabream Diplodus vulgaris
 Goldline Sarpa salpa

 Red-black Triplefin Tripterygion tripteronotus

Mediterranean Rainbow Wrasse Coris julis

Garfish Belone belone

 Warty Crab Eriphia verrucosa

 Sea Walnut Mnemiopsis leydi - an invasive western Atlantic species of comb jelly (Ctenophora).

Yellow Tube Sponge Aplysina aerophoba

Purple Sea Urchin Sphaerechinus granularis (covered with shells).

 Snakelocks Anemone Anemonia viridis

Spiral Tube-worm Sabella spallanzanii
Noble Pen Shell Pinna nobilis