I approach the 30 meters deep edge and something scares me!



Published on Jul 20, 2021
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I am used to diving to certain depths with full scuba gear and seeing animals like moray eels, congers or large groupers but this time I got scared and I I felt like a small fish in an immense sea, because I was snorkeling alone and when I glimpsed what I saw I realized how vulnerable we're in the immense sea.

There was very little visibility in the sea that day (it was very cloudy) which did not make it easy at all to fel safer, since from about four meters around you could not see any thing that could come to. you

If you watch the video at that moment that I indicate in the image you will see that something is glimpsed that disappears in seconds; believe me it was quite large (at least 2 meters long) since what was glimpsed only represented half of the body of the animal towards the tail.

If you keep watching the video from there you will see that after a few seconds, I begin to assimilate what I have seen and I start to get scared, suddenly moving the camera from one side to the other, swimming back a little and turning the camera back to the place where I saw the fish.

The animal is no longer where it was and I was a bit disoriented although I try to remain calm at all times and convince myself that nothing is going to happen and that despite the poor visibility nothing is going to come for me.

Despite the poor visibility conditions and how fast the fish moved away, I have my hypotheses of what type of fish it could be:

  • It could have been a barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda, wich are also common in the Mediterranean Sea and grow to 2 meters length.
  • It could have been a common dentex (Dentex dentex), wich can gro to 1.5 meters length.

I am inclined to think that it was a barracuda, since it was large and it moved away very fast and these fish are very fast, although it does not convince me that it was near a wall feeding on mollusks (which a common dentex could have been doing), since they hunt other fish.

Video and shots taken with my GoPro Hero Adventure camera.

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