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New dive site in Halkidiki

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New dive site in Halkidiki

Just found..An unexplored deep blue diamond! A new dive site in Halkidiki!    

Being always there ,just a blink of an eye away So lucky after thousands of bars,we finally discover this underwater paradise. Having in mind our dear friends.. Our divers, hoping to find a new destination , we are sharing with you our excitement, for our just found dive site!!!!!!

 Starts from the very shallows, ideal for snorkeling, first level to 12m continue descending to 20m, ..30m.. 40meters.. It Drops down to 65meters, maybe more very easily. As we cross magnificent rocks and shallow canals, the view of the descending seabed can be stunning. Watching colorful rocks full of flower corals, tube, branching and massive sponges, sea slugs, mediterranean fish passing in front of our eyes.. Jacks,  sea breams, sea basses, wrasses, reef fish, scorpions e.t.c all live or pass on their way hunting!! Snake like bodies, mediterranean morays, european congers relax in the day time in their houses, watch us passing by, and let us admire of their natural beauty!!! 

Artificial Reef "Magiatika"

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Artificial reef

Life out of the blue - Artificial reef...

In 2005 we built an artificial reef in front of our diving center, at 7 meters depth using concrete blocks and stones. Our purpose was to study the growth of underwater life and to provide a more interesting environment for Discover Scuba dives, night dives and courses. We couldn't imagine that after 9 years this place that we named Magiatika( Greek for greater amberjacks) will become a house for numerous species of marine life. Jacks and coastal fishes are visiting almost every day, breams are very friendly to the divers, and various sea basses, wrasses and reef fishes can be spotted all day long. Scorpion fishes are a frequent attraction like Largesclaled scorpionfish Scorpaena scrofa and a Small red scorpionfish Scopraena notata. 2013 brought along moray eels too,specifically a young mediterranean moray that stayed all summer in the Park.

Images from Magiatika Dive Site

 

Crabs are walking on the stones, Gastropoda, bivalves and Cephalopoda are increasing in number almost all of the built blocks are occupied by octopuses, of the common Octapus vulgaris and the white spotted kind Octopus macropus. Although they usually keep in their holes, observing passers by, sometimes they are playing with the divers by extending their legs. We don't disturb them but since we see them daily, a simple hello is enough. Expect to see cucumbers, urchins, worms, anemones, growing Bryozoa, flower corals, tunicates and even sponges! In 2013, we were happy to see also sea slugs! Giant Doris Hypselodoris picta, Hervia Cratena peregrina and Thuridilla hopei, all of them rare, inhabited the house reef. We are trying to preserve the natural habitat by not intervening or keeping species passing by that's why we don't feed them. We only protect the place, especially from ourselves, by not touching or bumping on the blocks. Magiatika dive site has become a unique spot for relax dives,underwater photography, DSDs and night dives.

"New Arrivals"

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bubble snail

 Haminoea cyanomagrinata

Searching for new dive sites in the end of the season we were lucky to find a beautiful reef between 20 and 30meters full of Haminoea cyanomarginata. They were many of them in couples all over the rock Probably lessepsia migrated and entered to Mediterranean from the Red Sea via the Suez Canal. First time seen after many years diving in Ammouliani Island.Short Description: Bubble-shaped shell,fragile, translucent,smooth, with no traces of ornamentation.More at Mediterranean Science Commision

Images From Irina Dive Site

Flabbelina rubrolielata from the Mediterranean

We have noticed for first time Flabbellina rubrolielata  in 2012 at Ammouliani Island between (2)two  and (10) meters.A species of aloid nudibranch, a small mollusk reaching 40 mm length of pinkish purple colour variety, feeding at various depths on reefs and walls. Initially believed to live only in tropical waters of Indian and Pacific Ocean, probably migrated via Suez channel to the Mediterranean

Images from Anatoli Dive Site

Pleurobranchus Testudinarius

A rather large sea slug, 20cm average, carnivorous mollusk almost always found around between 8 to 12 meters deep.We have been seeing pleurobranchus Testudinarius from 2011 from middle of June till the end of July. Named for its shield-like polygonal formations on its back, like the Roman legions' battle formations covered with shields) it has beautiful colour variations (yellow, red, brown) and characteristic tubercles.

Images from Petalo 1 Dive Site

Nudibranch Caloria Elegans

Animal translucent clear with a white median line on the posterior foot and white pigmentation on the upper two-thirds of the tapering oral tenatcles and rhinophores. More at: Sea Slug Forum

Images from Petalo 2 Dive Site

 


 

 

 

 

 

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