Snorkeling - Beadlet anemone

Even in the Mediterranean you can snorkel and see interesting and colorful marine species as in tropical seas. In the video we can see  Beadlet Anemone or Actinia equina, it is one of the most common sea anemones of the Mediterranean Sea and can be easily encountered swimming with a mask and snorkel in a few centimeters of depth. In fact, this species prefers the interdital zone, that is the layer of water between low and high tide, for this reason, to observe and photograph it, you do not need to be experienced divers or swimmers. Snorkeling Actinia equina Pomodoro di mare

Snorkeling Actinia equina Pomodoro di mare Beadlet anemone
Snorkeling Actinia equina Pomodoro di mare

In the Mediterranean most of the marine life can be encountered in the first 15 meters of depth, and I remind young people who want to start diving that most divers, both freedivers and those who dive with cylinders, simply have started knowing the sea with mask and snorkel.

Snorkeling Actinia equina Pomodoro di mare Beadlet anemone
Snorkeling Actinia equina Pomodoro di mare Beadlet anemone

Beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) is a common sea anemone found on rocky shores around all coasts of the British Isles. Its range extends to the rest of Western Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, and along the Atlantic coast of Africa as far south as South Africa.

Actinia equina can be found both in exposed and sheltered situations. It is highly adapted to the intertidal zone as it can tolerate both high temperatures and desiccation. The anemone may also be found in regions of variable salinity such as estuaries.

Beadlet anemones can live in solitary or in aggregations. Solitary beadlet anemones are found to be larger-sized than those that form clustered aggregation. Furthermore, larger sea anemones were found submerged in low tide, where they have greater access to food resources and are less subjected to harsh environmental exposures. The size of beadlet anemones may be connected to their physiological adaptation in regards to limited food resources and withstanding environmental conditions.

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