Playing with a shoal of salema porgy at 6 meters deep!

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dresden

Published on Jul 17, 2021
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As you know, I like to go snorkeling from time to time in a hidden cove, located in the Mediterranean Sea and only about ten minutes by car from my house.

Peering the seabed in search of the best route to follow.

Sometimes and in some areas of the sea, the visibility is not very good and the water is cloudy due to the swell and waves. Still, I try to make the quality of my images and videos the best possible under the circumstances.

An adult specimen of salema porgy (scientific name Sarpa Salpa), also commonly known as dreamfish or goldline. They belong to the Sparidae family and it's a species from which to know many curious facts:

  • It is a totally hermaphroditic species.
  • The young specimens are carnivores but the adults are herbivores.
  • It's the only marine species capable of feeding on a highly toxic algae called killer algae or Caulerpa taxifolia.
  • Its meat is not recommended for consumption due to the probability of being contaminated with this killer algae toxin, but even if the specimen had not eaten algae, its meat is insipid and worthless in the fish market.
  • They can change the color of their body and that of their stripes according to their emotional state.

Target set and located!

Sometimes you find unexpected and pleasant visits, like this octopus.

Video and shots taken with my GoPro Hero Adventure camera.

Scientific data of the salema porgy fish researched among different bibliographic sources, Wikipedia among them.

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