Mediterranean Sea

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Female Cuckoo Wrasse Tordo Fischietto femmina Labrus mixtus www.intotheblue.it-2023-04-24-15h36m46s814
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Female Cuckoo Wrasse

Female Cuckoo Wrasse (Labrus mixtus) is a species of wrasse native to the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Norway to Senegal, including the Azores and Madeira. It is also found in the Mediterranean Sea. They can be found amongst the algae on rocky shores at depths from 2 to 200 m, though mostly between 40 and 80 m. This species is an important food fish for local populations and is also popular as a game fish. It is also a popular fish for display in public aquaria.
Triglia linea-punto nel Mediterraneo Dash-and-dot goatfish in Mediterranean Sea Parupeneus barberinus www.intotheblue.it -2022-12-05-12h06m36s595
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Dash-and-dot goatfish in Mediterranean Sea

We met the Dash-and-dot goatfish Parupeneus barberinus in Mediterranean sea of Cyprus while snorkelling among the rocks of the island. We did not expect to have this meeting in the Mediterranean because it is a tropical fish present in all tropical seas and in particular in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
ship wreck “DIMITRIOS P” to Creta – relitto della nave “DIMITRIOS P” a Creta – www.intotheblue.it-2024-02-09-14h02m13s660
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ship wreck “DIMITRIOS P” to Creta

During a holiday on the island of Crete we went to the nearby island of Gramvousa starting from the port of Kissamos. The passion for underwater video shooting brought us to this place with white sandy beaches, wild and rocky but with a crystal clear sea typical of the Mediterranean. We knew that there is the rusty wreck of ship wreck “DIMITRIOS P” on the island but we did not know the reason for the sinking.
Gilt-head bream Sparus aurata Orata – www.intotheblue.it-2024-02-09-20h39m28s091_T
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Orata

Gilt-head bream or sea bream is a fish that usually lives in open water, in this video we see a specimen in a hole, probably looking for molluscs and crustaceans on which it feeds. Often very wary of the diver from whom they keep their distance, in summer it is easy to find specimens, even large ones, among the swimmers. We surprised her in this hole so she found herself remaining in front of the camera for a few seconds just a few centimeters away and then definitively disappearing.
Basket Star
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Basket Star

The Basket Star is characterized by five tentacles, each branched several times, with which it clings to the branches of the soft corals and which are opened at night to feed on. The body has a diameter that can reach 8 centimeters, with the complete opening of the tentacles the maximum width of the entire animal can reach 80 centimeters. It feeds passively with the open tentacles, in particular of planktonic microparticles.
Brown meagre or Corb – Corvina – Corvina nigra – Scianea umbra – www.intotheblue.it-2023-11-10-15h08m21s863
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Brown Meagre or Corb

Brown meagre or corb (Sciaena umbra) is a species of croaker found in, the eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea occurring in shallow waters and sandy bottoms. It is harvested for human consumption, especially in the Mediterranean. The brown meagre is found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from the southern English Channel south to Senegal and Cape Verde, including the Canary Islands records from West Africa south of Senegal are questionable. Also in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.
Common Octopus – Polpo – Octopus vulgaris – www.intotheblue.it-2024-01-18-10h16m30s180
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Common Octopus

The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a mollusc belonging to the class Cephalopoda. Octopus vulgaris is the most studied of all octopus species. It is considered cosmopolitan, that is, a global species, which ranges from the eastern Atlantic, extends from the Mediterranean and the southern coast of England, to at least Senegal in Africa. It also occurs off the Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands. The species is also common in the Western Atlantic.
Mediterranean feather star – Antedon Mediterranea – Giglio di mare – www.intotheblue.it_s9512T
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Mediterranean feather star

Mediterranean feather star becoming increasingly rare, and we try not to miss every opportunity to film and photograph it. In this dive we found it on a seabed that varies from 45 to 48 meters deep. As you can see from the video, the body of the starfish is located in a small hole, we practically recognized the characteristic arms outward probably in search of food. ...
Grouper of  Mediterranean Sea – Cernia Bruna – Epinephelus marginatus – www.intotheblue.it-2023-11-08-16h20m45s407
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Grouper of Mediterranean Sea

This video shows a typical reef of Mediterranean reef particularly exploited by sport fishermen. As you can see there are many nylon fishing lines that have remained entangled in the rocks like this however create pollution from plastic materials. The Grouper of Mediterranean Sea is inside his den but, unfortunately the fish has two fishing hooks stuck in his upper lip, frightened by the presence of the diver and his video equipment, he immediately gives himself up to escape leaving us with a palm of the nose...
Falso corallo nero Savalia savaglia T-2023-12-08-14h07m08s056
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New future colony of Savalia savaglia

During this immersion in a completely populated area of the colony of red Gorgonia (Paramuricea clavata), we discovered also some "rami" of False coral black, the very rare Savalia savaglia. Abbiamo documentato spesso questo beautiful coral giallo chiamato Falso corallo nero su fondali di circa 78 / 80 meters fine almost to 90 meters deep.
Sand steenbras or Striped seabream – Mormora o Marmora – Lithognathus mormyrus – www.intotheblue.it-2023-05-19-15h00m56s938
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Sand steenbras

The Sand Steenbras (Lithognathus Mormoryus) belongs to the class Osteichthyes, subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, suborder Percoidei, family Sparidae. It is a beautiful elegant silver-colored fish with six very dark and highlighted vertical bands and an equal number of narrower and less evident bands, the body is long and compressed laterally, the profile is high and rounded. The lips are fleshy and the teeth are arranged in different rows; it can reach a length of 30 cm.
Black seabream Tanuta Cantaro Spondyliosoma cantharus-2023-12-01-13h37m53s959T
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Black seabream

Black seabream, Spondyliosoma cantharus, also called Cantaro in Italy, is a fish belonging to the Sparidae family, like the more common bream, and sea bream. We usually encounter this fish on the shallows in the open sea and at depths of 10 to 100 meters. In this video we see it close to the coast and a rocky seabed of about 4/5 metres. This fish is usually quite shy and wary and tends to flee from the presence of the diver; this Tanuta, on the other hand, allowed herself to be approached and filmed at a distance of just over one metre.. ...
Octopus and Date shell – Lithophaga lithophaga – Polpo e Dattero di mare_s469
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Polpo e Dattero di mare Lithophaga lithophaga

Sea Date, Lithophaga lithophaga, grows and lives inside the rocks, so it is practically impossible to see and film it unless the rock where it is found is shattered, an obviously illegal practice, prohibited by the regulations of all Mediterranean countries. Consequently, fishing is also prohibited and those who practice it are finally punished with severe and heavy sanctions, unless it is our usual friend the common octopus, Octopus vulgaris, who does it.
Ostrica Spinosa o Spondilo – Spiny Oysters – Spondylus gaederopus – www.intotheblue.it-2022-12-10-11h54m18s113
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Spiny Oysters Spondylus gaederopus

Spondylus gaederopus is a species of marine bivalve mollusc, a thorny oyster in the family Spondylidae. This species is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Spondylus gaederopus attaches itself to the substrate with its lower valve, which is usually white, while the upper valve is usually purple. Specimens that are all white, or all purple do, however, exist.
Variable spiny starfish Coscinasteris s082
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Variable spiny starfish

The Variable spiny starfish (Coscinasterias tenuispina) is called this because instead of the classic five arms it usually has seven. It is therefore an exception regarding the classic five-ray symmetry of echinoderms. Furthermore, as can be seen in this specimen, three of the seven arms are very small and are therefore slowly growing back. ...
Bogues that devour a Barrel jellyfish – Boghe che divorano un Polmone di mare – www.intotheblue.it -2023-11-06-12h37m33s049
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Bogues that devour a Barrel jellyfish

Boops boops commonly called the bogue, is a species of seabream native to the eastern Atlantic. Its common name in most languages refers to its large ("bug") eyes. The species is found off the coasts of Europe, Africa, the Azores and the Canary Islands, from Norway to Angola, and in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. It avoids brackish waters such as the Baltic Sea. A demeral and semi-pelagic, it can generally be found at a depth of 100 m, and infrequently down to 350 m.
Cigar jellyfish – Medusa Olindia – Olindias phosphorica – www.intotheblue.it-2023-02-18-16h31m46s238
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Cigar jellyfish Olindias phosphorica

Olindias phosphorica, or Cigar jellyfish, is a species of hydrozoan from the central and eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean sea is a predominantly warm body of water, thus Olindias phosphorica is a warm-water Jellyfish. Global warming has facilitated the proliferation of the species throughout the Mediterranean sea.
Giant triton – Charonia tritonis – Tritone mediterraneo-2023-11-01-15h01m21s141
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Giant triton

Meeting Giant triton - Charonia tritonis - always arouses a strong emotion, both because it is the largest mollusk in the Mediterranean Sea and because it is increasingly rare. Fortunately here on intotheblue.it we have published several videos of this splendid shell so despite all the alarms we give about the health of our sea, when we encounter the Triton the hope that the sea can really regenerate itself returns to be present. ...
Wide-eyed flounder – Bothus podas – Rombo di rena – www.intotheblue.it-13h33m39s151T
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Wide-eyed flounder

In summer the beaches are populated with swimmers and tourists who enjoy the warm, crystal-clear waters but you just need to put on a simple mask and a snorkel to see that fish and marine species are also quite active in this period. If we are also equipped with a simple camera it is easy to film that marine life that practically lives in symbiosis with ours. ...
Paguro nel guscio di Phalium glaucum Hermit crab in Phalium glaucum shell www.intotheblue.it -2022-12-07-14h55m50s318
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Hermit crab in Phalium glaucum shell

The Pagurus belongs to the Paguridae family. Hermit crabs are crustaceans with a curved and soft abdomen. It lives in empty shells of gastropods on which it sometimes attacks sponges or poisonous actinias to camouflage and defend itself. In case of danger it can withdraw completely inside the shell. The end of the tail of the hermit crab is suitable for strongly grasping the shell it always carries with it. When it grows and the size of the shell is no longer suitable is search for a new shell to protect yourself. In the video we see a hermit crab that has taken possession of the shell of the sea snail Phalium glaucum, a marine gastropod mollusc of the Cassidae family
Unknow species Specie sconosciuta-10-19-14h13m05s681
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Unknow species

This video was taken last Saturday (14/10/2023) during an inshore dive at about 15 meters deep. I mention the precise date because during the canonical 3 minutes of decompression at a depth of 3 meters hanging from the chain of one of the "safe water" signaling buoys, about 200 meters from the rocky and jagged coast, I decide to check the temperature of the water and the computer measured 25°C. ...
Piero Foscari ship wreck Relitto nave Piero Foscari www.intotheblue.it-2023-10-10-11h57m19s238
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Piero Foscari ship wreck

September 10, 2023 marked the eightieth year since the sinking of the Piero Foscari ship on September 10, 1943 in Castiglioncello near Livorno (Italy). In this video I show you what remains of the wreck completely destroyed during the last war. Furthermore, after 80 years the sea has caused further deterioration of the structure. The wreck is located at a depth of between 15 and 16 metres.
Ricciola Seriola dumerilii-14h56m55s355
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Encounters under the boat - Amberjack Seriola dumerilii

During navigation it sometimes happens that we stop for various needs, take stock of the ship, check the GPS, look at conspicuous points on the ground to detect the position, or simply to rest and swim. And sometimes we happen to find fish that strangely take shelter under our hull. In this case we are about 7/8 miles from the coast, therefore practically in the open sea, while with the engine off we were trying to check the seabed with the sounder to look for a new dive point.
Ballerina spagnola del Mediterraneo Lepre marina Aplysia depilans Spanish Mediterranean dancer Depilatory sea hare www.intotheblue.it -2023-03-08-17h12m41s831
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Spanish Mediterranean Dancer

In this video we can see a wonderful example of Spanish Mediterranean Dancer or Depilatory Sea Hare. It is a nudibranch mollusk, Aplysia depilans, that lives in the Mediterranean seabed at a depth ranging from 1 meter up to 10 meters. We met her in apnea in a rocky bottom around 2 meters. Elegant in its movements it seems to fly in the water with grace that would be the envy of a flamenco dancer.
Barrel jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo Polmone di mare Intotheblue.it-2023-09-27-20h49m58s408
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Barrel jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo

Jellyfish are always fascinating! whether they are dangerous or completely harmless like the Barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo). Every time we find this jellyfish and publish the film on intotheblue.it (and on the YouTube channel) we register a lot of visits and receive many emails from curious people, simple enthusiasts, divers and marine biologists. So we are happy to publish this video even if it is not exactly recent, in fact made in 2022. ...
Beadlet anemone – Actinia equina – Pomodoro di mare-2023-09-24-13h49m08s364
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Beadlet anemone

Beadlet anemone - Actinia equina - is one of the most common species of anemone or actinia in the Mediterranean Sea. It lives in the intertidal zone. The intertidal zone, also known as the shoreline, is the area above the water level at low tide and underwater at high tide. Simply put it is the area within the tidal range. ...
Calyx nicaeensis Spugna Calice Goblet sponge www.intotheblue.it -2023-05-01-17h32m39s382
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Calyx nicaeensis Goblet Sponge

I met this Calyx nicaeensis, Goblet Sponge, during a dive in the reefs of the Secche di Vada near Livorno. The name owes it to its characteristic goblet shape. According to some experts, this sponge has become extremely rare in the Mediterranean because it requires very stable water temperature and biological conditions: small variations are enough to decree its disappearance. We all know by now that climate change has a heavy impact on biological life, but few seem to realize that it also affects the deep sea.
Red Squirrelfish Pesce Scoiattolo rosso Adioryx rubra Sargocentron rubrum www.intotheblue.it-2022-12-03-15h59m28s153
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Red Squirrelfish

We met the Red Squirrelfish (Sargocentron rubrum) in the sea of ​​Cyprus while snorkelling among the rocks of the island. We did not expect to have this meeting in the Mediterranean because it is a tropical fish present in all tropical seas and in particular in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The reason for this sighting, as indeed for other tropical species now present in the Mediterranean, we owe it to the climatic warming of the sea, which creates favorable conditions, and to the Lessepsian migration: that is, to the entry and stabilization of animal and tropical species from the Channel of Suez.
T_Invasione Mnemiopsis leidyi Invasion-2023-09-13-15h37m20s106
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Mnemiopsis leidyi invasion

And also this summer we found ourselves faced with the now regular invasion of the Sea walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi (warty comb jelly or sea walnut). This phenomenon is becoming more and more frequent throughout the summers, and it is now clear that the main cause of these invasions is the increase in sea temperature. ...
T_European conger – Grongo – Conger conger – www.intotheblue.it-2023-09-05-20h45m23s530
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European conger

Common conger is a bony sea fish belonging to the Congridae family. Here we see it in its lair at a depth of about 52 metres, on a muddy seabed at the base of a beautiful vertical wall, even a few meters high, of rock and coral. As we see, the wall is colonized by many Mediterranean organisms such as sponges, corals and gorgonians, full of caves and ravines where these fish seek shelter during the day and food during the night. ...
T_Red Tufted Protula-2023-08-31-09h47m54s512
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Protula tubularia

Protula tubularia is a sedentary Mediterranean polychaete also present on the two sides of the Atlantic and in other seas. The vermiform body is protected by a solid calcareous tube, up to 1 cm broad, which the animal builds around, after having chosen for fixing itself a ridge where the currents rich in plankton pass. From the tube in which it moves, which is the house chosen for life, two elegant gill crowns come out ...
Bluefish Pomatomus saltatrix Pesce serra-2023-08-21-18h54m01s033
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Bluefish

Bluefish is the "predator" in fact it feeds exclusively on other fish and cephalopods. Its favorite preys are mullets even if in this video we see it hunting in a few meters of depth, trying to capture salemas present in numerous specimens in a herd. As always, the encounter is lightning-fast and lasts only a few seconds, in fact the Serras do not let themselves be distracted when they are hunting and it is extremely difficult to get close. By slowing down and enlarging the video we managed to extrapolate some images of this splendid fish. ...
TTT_Blue Chromis-2023-08-26-17h34m51s599
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Blue Mediterranean chromis

Also in this summer, as indeed in all the months of July and August in the Mediterranean Sea, we can witness what we have always considered a spectacle of nature and of the "Mare Nostrum". That is the birth of the Chromis chromis or as we often say of the blue Mediterranean chromis. These little fish are truly to be admired thanks to their intense electric blue. ...
T_Luria sea snail – Luria lurida – Ciprea Mediterranea-2023-08-22-16h41m46s397
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Luria sea snail

Meeting Luria lurida is becoming more and more difficult, then finding the shell with the mollusc inside alive is practically a very rare event. In the video we obviously see the Cyprean shell without the animal but given the sheen of the shell this mollusk was probably recently eaten by some predator, probably the usual octopus. ...
Paramuricea clavata gorgonia rossa-2023-08-20-08h10m23s042
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Paramuricea clavata - Red gorgonian - Reproduction

In this dive of August 15, 2023 we filmed an event that has not yet been documented much in our Mediterranean Sea. This is the reproduction of the red Gorgonian (Paramuricea clavata). Like every year in summer, this beautiful coral reproduces with the synchronized emission of male and female gametes released by the polyps which open by extruding thin semi-transparent filaments exceptionally long up to 5 cm. ...