Creation date / 2007
- Mediterranean moray eel (Muraena helena)
Found lurking in holes and crevices as it is mainly a nocturnal predator. The continuous opening and closing of the mouth is not an aggressive action; it is necessary for the moray to breath as it runs water over its gills.
- European barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena)
Normally it is the juveniles that are seen in the bays and shallow areas
- Saddled seabream (Oblada melanura)
- Peacock wrasse (Symphodus tinca)
- Bearded fire worm (Hermodice carunculata)
This photo was taken during spawning when eggs and sperm are released into the water, visible as a milky, cloud in the photo. There are particular times when the fire worms gather for spawning and groups of then can be seen all over Kalithea Bay in Rhodes at this time.
- Striped blenny (Parablennius rouxi)
- Club-tipped anemone (Telmatactis cricoides)
I only saw this once! So probably relatively rare in Rhodes.
- Stinker sponge (Ircinia variabilis)?
- Mycale (carmia) macilenta?
Not sure if identification is correct but it seems to be the best fit. This is a type of encrusting sponge.
- Small triplefin (Tripterygion melanurum)
Quite common and relatively easy to spot thanks to its distinctive colouring, though it is only a few centimetres long (never more than 6cm!)
- Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)
Octopus mostly hide in holes or under rocks during the day as they are nocturnal feeders. However they are quite inquisitive so will put their heads up to see what is happening as a group of divers goes by (see inset photo)! They pull rocks and bits of shell in on top of themselves to cover the entrance to their holes.
- Bucchich's goby (Gobius bucchichi)
- Dusky sweeper (Pempheris rhomboidea)
Another immigrant from the Red Sea. Seen in caves in groups. Previously misidentified as Pempheris vanicolensis; genetic analysis has confirmed that the Mediterranean Pempheris is Pempheris rhomboidea (thanks to Francis Pantus for the update!)
- Pearly razorfish (Xyrichthys novacula)
Able to dive into sand and bury themselves if they sense danger.
- Comber (Serranus cabrilla). A small (~20-30 cm long) member of the grouper family