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Blog Posts by: Thierry Lannoy

We made and early start out to Dragonera Island where we made two submersions, a deep one in the morning, and the second one, closer to the surface, about 25 meters deep.

First we discovered a vertical wall to the south of Dragonera Island. Around 20 meters deep, we ran across a group of barracuda. Visibility was excellent and it allowed us to get a good look at the life surrounding this point of the island.

We went multi-level diving, going up the level little by little at different depths and observing several different types of marine life along the ascent.

After yesterday’s excellent immersions, we cast off early to approach Farallon Island. This would be setting for today’s dive. A Posidonia meadow surrounds the little island, and its walls are a habitat for the species common in this part of the Mediterranean: Moray eels, scorpion fish, octopuses and Parazoanthus.

We greatly enjoyed this immersion: The water barely has a thermocline, and the temperature does not drop below 24 degrees, visibility is excellent, and there is no discernable current. What's more, the marine life does not cease to surprise us.

On September 21, the dive team contacted the ZOEA dive centre, in Palma de Mallorca. We had already worked with this dive centre on other occasions and they had always been very professional and shown much interest in raising awareness and protecting the reefs in the Balearic Islands.

We arrived at the Bari coast, at the port of Brindisi on August 15. In most European countries, this date is reserved for spending a few days at the beach and enjoying its charm... All of us are attracted by the sea for several reasons: because the deep blue sea is calling us, it both pleases and attracts us. Even though its resources may seem inexhaustible to us because they are invisible to most of our eyes - and even for those who work in the sea - this does not reflect the reality. It is tragic, crude and cruel.

We left the shores of Corsica, and the stormy French waters, for the peace of La Maddalena archipelago, in the north of the island of Sardinia.

Although Corsica made an excellent impression on us through the tranquillity of the streets of Bastia’s Vieux Port area, and the spectacular views of the Corsican coast, Sardinia also has beautiful scenery. We’ve also discovered many mountainous areas in this part of the Mediterranean, with mountains and cliffs that drop down to the turquoise blue waters of the sea, forming coves and a picturesque contrast of colours.

The Sardinian waters have revealed us a little more of the marvels that abound there.

Today we headed off early from the port of Cagliari. We sailed in a southeasterly direction in search of a shelf the remote position of which, inside a protected area, had called our attention. It is known as the de Secca di Santa Calerina shelf.

The exploration of the best dive sites of the Mediterranean, with a focus on ecology and marine protection, what would be a better job description? This is our daily routine on board the Oceana Ranger as divers, and I must say, very fortunate divers…..It took us a couple of days to get to know each other on land and then underwater, but even if we are coming from different environments, the underwater spirit is here….