sphyraena hover almost motionless in open water off the north
wall of the Coral Galleries.
rock formation towers upwards from a depth of 25m to just over 1m
below the surface, where huge shoals of Blue damselfish (Chromis
chromis) are usually seen swirling around in the open water
close by. Now return to the base of the tower where one will find
a small cavern, this leads all the way under the Spike and out towards
the Wall. The cavern is home to many Bryozoans (False corals), Sponges,
anemones and a number of different species of ahermatypic corals,
it is also a good place to encounter Dusky grouper (Epinephelus
marginatus) hiding deeper within crevices in the far corners
of the cavern.
From this swim through, continue the dive along the base of the
wall at a depth of approximately 15m until reaching a larger bay
or inlet leading to yet another small cavern. Here in the sandy
bottom at a depth of 17 metres, a number of artifacts have been
recovered over the years, this being the site of the sinking of
a small French warship the 'La Laurette' in 1883. The cavern itself
is also very interesting for the myriad species of sponges, Bryozoans
(false corals) and small anemones that encrust the walls and ceiling.
This cavern is also the turn around point for the Coral Galleries
At this point, begin the return towards the Spike, this time however
swimming up and along the base of the upper wall at a depth of no
more than 8m. Thus conserving air at this shallower depth, one may
discover a great variety of Mediterranean marine life. This wall
is an amazing patchwork of small crevices, holes and even small
caverns, where not only are there many sponges, corals and algae
but also many species of smaller fish such as bright red Cardinal
fish (Apogon imberbis) which prefer the shaded areas of these
caverns, numerous Small red Scorpionfish (Scorpaena notata),
Painted comber (Serranus scriba), small Moray and occasional Octopus
who take advantage of the numerous hideaways to stalk their prey.
Off the wall, into open water it is not uncommon to see a small
shoal of Mediterranean barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena) whereas
Amberjack (Seriola dumerili), are more likely to be seen
later in the year from August onwards, both these species taking
advantage of the very large shoals of Blue damselfish as one of
their favoured prey.