Marine Life of Kefalonia & Ithaca

 

“Bourou” the music-loving!

a mollusk gastropod, a sea snail, is practically a shell of impressive size. Different species of this genus are found in temperate and tropical climates around the world, while the size of the larger ones can reach or even exceed half a meter in length. Usually it is in the shade of the rocks or in the holes where it spends the day waiting for the darkness to come, when it is time to dig in to rest most of the fish and to slaughter other species of bottom creatures.

Hot pursuit

The seemingly acoustic Bourou is a carnivorous animal, a bottom predator that feeds on other molluscs and starfish. What we do not expect from such a creature is the fact that when Bourou detects the smell of her booty, she launches a hunt (!), Although the pursuit is far from a cinematic version with dizzying speeds. Many times the secret to a good meal is not to be too fast, just to be faster than your booty ..

This creature catches the starfish that it seems to feed on most, opens a hole in their hard skin with a toothed organ (here we can imagine a can opener), and then releases its neuroparasitic saliva. But the funny thing (yes there is a funny element), is that when consuming whole smaller creatures or parts of them that carry poisonous thorns or other unwanted components, they spit them out! Yes, this otherwise cute shell on the table behaves like a cow.

Ancient trumpet  

It is difficult to imagine that someone, sometime, once, tried to blow through a small hole that could be created when the tip of the shell was broken, and later invented or inspired the construction of a wind instrument, the trumpet. But that’s exactly how it should have been. Buru was used since antiquity to create sound, just like the land animal horn. The god Neptune, but most importantly his son Triton – the messenger of the sea, is often depicted holding such a shell. In Greek mythology the Trinity dominated the waves with it, and this inspired the English common name “Triton’s trumpet” which means “Triton’s Trumpet”.

Threats and Protection Scheme

This humble but distinctive species of our seas is threatened by fishing for use as a decorative element – thanks to its impressive size, as well as other forms of pressure on the marine environment (such as chemical contamination, etc.). It is protected by national law and it is prohibited in any way to kill or remove it from the seabed.

Our seas

The images come from scuba diving in the Ionian Sea and more specifically in Kefalonia and Ithaca. They depict species that inhabit and enrich our own seas, those that lie beside us and that winter or summer host the inhabitants and visitors of our islands.

The secret wealth of the sea is no other than its biodiversity. And it is hidden not because it has not been discovered but because it remains unknown to most, so that it is generally considered a vast expanse empty of any interest, as well as a place for the dumping of our waste.

The sea is a cradle for life, a food for humans and a lung for the planet.

But to protect it we must first know it!

Telemachus Beryatos

CMAS 3 Star Diver

PSS Technical Diver

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