Aquatic Life (Click)

Every sea is a living organism – it is not just a media where you sail through, or a background of sunrises and sunsets. The sea reveals a whole new world in front of you and if you have the eyes, the attitude and the proper equipment you may discover wonders, which you’ve never had expected. The delight one gets from being in contact with wildlife cannot be explained – you have to experience it.

Aegean Sea is a relatively small sea, adjacent to the Mediterranean. It shares much of the biodiversity of the Mediterranean and still it has endemic and rare species (endemic – species that inhabit only a particular place of the planet).

One of the very first things that will strike you is the crystal clear, blue-turquoise and so transparent water. There is no phytoplankton, which probably has influenced this state of the water. The absence of the plankton does not mean that nutrients are short and life is scarce. Just on the contrary – in the Aegean Sea you can spend much time exploring and relishing nature beauties.

Look into any of the tour company holiday brochures featuring the coastal resorts of Turkey and you will think that the clear vivid turquoise waters shown in the photographs are less than real. It is not until you have your first glimpse of the sea as you approach your resort that you appreciate that the colors are realistic. The waters of the Central and Southern Aegean Coast and the Turquoise Coast are relatively low in Phyphotoplankton, the first link in the marine food chain, and the reason for the exceptional clarity of the water. It is a mystery as to why the water is such a brilliant turquoise color along this part of the Turkish coast.

Despite the low level of Phyphotoplankton there are sufficient nutrients from runoff from the shore during the winter and from shallow water plant life to support reasonable levels of marine life. The marine life is varied and changes with the seasons. There are of course the resident Groupers and Moray Eels together with the numerous other ‘locals’ from colorful Rainbow Wrasse to an unfortunately over exploited Octopus population.

One of the obvious joys of Scuba diving and snorkeling is the plenitude and diversity of marine creatures which can be seen as soon as you enter the water. It is not always easy to determine if what you are looking at is animal, vegetable or mineral. This guide therefore includes simple explanations to assist in the identification of the various common species of marine creatures to be found in this delightful corner of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.

You can scuba dive and do snorkeling as well sail, cruise or just lie on the beach.
However, in order to appreciate better and fully what you will see, you have to know a little bit for the richness of flora and fauna of the sea.

Fish are one of the most interesting part of the sea fauna, they are diverse and colourful.

A more sophisticated list is given here in more detail. The whole information was taken from an internet fish index compiled by Cliff Fraser in this web index. Thanks to his great work. Please check the menu above.

Content is compiled from internet.