Marine organisms of Kefalonia and Ithaca: Siege, the Shadow of the Seas

Window at the bottom – Marine organisms of Kefalonia & Ithaca

Skylark, the Shadow of the Seas   

This is the “Squirrel” also known as “Pantelis” (scientific name: “Sciaena umbra”). This species spreads in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the East Atlantic. It is usually found in rocky and sandy seabasses with “herbs” (in fact, “Posidonia” meadows which are not algae but plants) in depths of 5 to 200 meters below sea level, while they are fed with small fish and crustaceans (crabs, shrimp etc.).

A good-looking phantom!

Sikos is a beautiful fish of the seas, with golden and silver flashes in its body and impressive bright dorsal and tail fins – yellow with black edges, while its movement is tedious and full of grace.

It is mainly nocturnal fish that can be seen to be circulating during the day although it prefers to remain in the holes of the bottom rocks. The second composer of the Latin name of “umbra” means “shadow,” and is inspired by his ability to remain intact – partly due to the colors of his body, and partly to the perfect buoyancy he can achieve by staying motionless in shadows in the depths of the cavities where it hides.

With the little drummer no affinity ..  

Such fish have two bone-shaped stones in the head (called “puddles”) with which they create sounds to communicate. If it is quite silent and can approach such a seabed, a diver can distinguish the special sounds, it does not delay the show!  

Watch here video:

Our seas

Pictures come from diving in the waters of the Ionian Sea and more specifically of Kefalonia and Ithaca. They depict species that inhabit and enrich our own seas, those that are next to us, and hosts the inhabitants and visitors of our islands in the winter or summer.

The hidden wealth of the sea is no different from its biodiversity. And it is hidden not because it has not been discovered but because it remains unknown to most, so that in general it is considered a vast area empty of any interest, as well as the place of rejection of our waste.

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

But to protect it we must first meet it!

Telemachus Bitter

3 star CMAS scuba divers

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