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