Sunday, 31 March 2013

Ornate Wrasse - Thalassoma pavo

This is a very colourful and  extremely fast moving little fish.

This species is present throughout most of the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the most common fish seen.  It is less common in the north-western basin as it prefers warmer waters and inhabits coastal waters near rocks and seagrass beds. It is also often found near man-made structures such as wrecks and piers.

It feeds on small molluscs and crustaceans. The juveniles of this species often clean other fish.

Damselfish - Chromis chromis

Almeria - Las Negras

Almeria is a beautiful region in the south-east of Spain.  Cabo de Gata is renowned for its stunning sea and landscapes.  On a short weekend camping trip I managed to squeeze in the first dive of 2013 in Las Negras, a small fishing village in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park.  I dived with the small and friendly Las Negras diving centre.

Las Negras

My solitary dive was enjoyable and fairly simple to a maximum depth of 18m.