Under The Mediterranean Sea. June 2022 Part 2. JellyFish ID and Sightings App

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If there’s one thing I’m learning this year is that the sea changes more than nature on land.

Saddled sea bream

I mentioned in my last Under The Mediterranean Sea winter storms had changed the sea floor where I snorkel. The previous 2 years the floor didn’t change much. There hasn’t been any bad storms in the past 2 weeks however already the sea floor has changed. The sand in parts is being replaced by pebbles where it was once sandy. Those pebbles have increased a little. A few more old industrial bricks have been uncovered or maybe pushed around albeit smaller. Usually around Easter the sea retreats exposing more beach while about 50 meters up the beach, it eats the beach only to settle back a few weeks later. Some years the council dregs sand to widen the beaches but I haven’t see that this year and I haven’t cycled along the other beaches to know if they have this year (little research later, they did to widen boat access to Port Olympic) The retreat and eat of the beach is happening now the end of June so I’m curious for the next few weeks. Barcelona Council along with Port Olympic, Zoo Barcelona and the Barcelona Aquarium are involved in an artificial reef project to support the boost the existing dykes at Port Olympic from storms, however I don’t go to the those beaches as they’re too crowded. 

Striped sea breams and mullets

Under The Mediterranean Sea: August 2022 Alboran Sea

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There were 3 things I learnt about the Mediterranean Sea last year;

Firstly its name. If I had thought about it and used my Spanish, it would be obvious that it’s derived from Latin for sea between land. The 2nd is that not all of Southern Spain runs along the Mediterranean Sea. The 3rd last year in Andalusia on holiday, the water is f’ing freezing despite being perhaps the hottest part of Spain. 

That’s because, from the Straits of Gibraltar, the Alboran Sea runs along the coast of Andalusia and it’s freezing as the water is coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s not the warmer water Mediterranean Sea I’m used to in North Eastern Spain. 

Under The Mediterranean Sea. July 2021

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Late July new fish started appearing just off the city beaches!

Baby seabass or mullets near the shoreline

The visibility was still cloudy and I was still figuring out camera settings, hence some photos are grainy. I think the saddled sea breams were getting used to me, often coming up to swim with me. I noticed that when the pompanos arrived, a lot of the baby fish used to swim close by so as not to be eaten by them. I think too it was around this time I started noticing clingfish but as I’m not good at diving down any photos aren’t worth posting.

A cloud of I think white sea breams
Saddled sea bream
Baby striped sea bream (I think!)
Baby seabass I think near the shoreline

I think these are mullets. So elusive and fast swimmers! While sea breams swim in clouds, these guys swim in lanes.

Under The Mediterranean Sea: June 2021

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Welcome back to another Under the Med Sea!

Few snorkel where I snorkel in the summer making it a secret world few know exist. I get scared sometimes, but it’s a completely different world to land. As summer started the sea got a little clearer. Somedays almost as clear as on land.

I mistakenly said in Under the Med Sea Early Mid July I didn’t go in the water much and posted the octopus I saw one day. The ‘missing’ photos I found on another library and it was late June I saw the freaky eyed octopus.

The light shimmers are magical
Teenage striped sea breams and adult saddled sea bream
So clear you can see teenage striped sea breams
Teenage striped sea breams

These guys were newcomers. At first I though their head was staggered in levels (I don’t know how else to describe it). After a little research it’s an optical illusion from the golden stripe between their eyes as I think they’re gilt head seabeams. They’re much larger than the salemas and striped and saddled sea breams I usually see. They seem to ignore everything around them and I never saw them high up in the sea column.