On-board Diary: Dive in Formentera
Author: Alex van de Meeberg
Date: July 26, 2010
We were welcomed by lots of jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca). At around 12 meters there were lots of posidonia and some rocks. An espeton (Sphyraena sphyraena), a member of the barracuda family, was also hanging out, and nearby we saw a small grouper (Epinephelus marginatus). Upon reaching the coast we found two caves, with a maximum depth of 7 meters and sandy bottoms. At these depths you can stay down for a long time and we took advantage of that to explore every inch of the caves. The slow current had pushed in lots of jellyfish, and unfortunately also, lots of plastic bags.
The second dive was at the most western point of Formentera, Punta Rasa. This dive was also to a maximum depth of 12 meters. Again, there were lots of posidonia around, but this time we also saw two big schools of espeton, which were cruising lazily against the current. There was also a school of jacks (Seriola dumerilii) that kept following me as Carlos Minguell was taking pictures of the school of espeton. He also took some pictures around a natural bridge, right in the middle of the posidonia. When Carlos was finished, he took pictures of the jacks that were still following me. On the way back to the coast we noticed a seabed, formed by lots of big rocks, with some algae and some sponges and some corals including Cladocora caespitosa. All in all, it was a nice long dive with some good photo opportunities. I can´t wait until the next dive.
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