Continuing with my photos from my recent trip to Zante Greece, and the last post showing what we saw in the sea, here is what we saw once we discover the reef on the tip of Kalamaki Beach. Below I think is a Peacock Wrasse.
Here is a Goby and his friend. You can see these back home rock pooling at Pobbles Bay, Gower.
Another Peacock Wrasse. These fish would literally be all Greek to me, but again I am using Rob Jones’ “Mediterranean Species for Divers, Fisherman & Snorkelers”. That is not a typo it does say fisherman not fishermen, lost in translation I think.
I think this tranquil Wrasse didn’t know what to make of me.
Or Sharon for that matter.
Next we spotted these two. A striped Grund on the left and possibly a Brown Wrasse on the right.
Here they are from another angle.
Joined by another Striped Grund.
Can you spot the Striped Sea Bream in this one. Quite good at camouflage this species.
Here is a better look at them.
There was no shortage of these or the various Wrasses.
This reef was plentiful with small fish.
Another Peacock Wrasse (Thalassoma Pavo according to Rob’s guide).
I think this plain little chap is a Common Sea Bream (Pagrus Pagrus).
But where there is small fish the bigger fish can’t be far behind. Which is wear I made this most significant spot of the trip, a Thornback Ray.
I saw him, he saw me…but wasn’t sure if I saw him so tried to blend into the seaweed.
He was very wary of me, and me wary of him as he was a ray, but he didn’t seem aggressive and we parted company friends after these photos.
Finally swimming back in from the reef you see some more small fish in the shallows sifting through the sand and gravel. Generally brave little Striped Sea Bream that don’t seem wary of all the human swimmers at all.
So that is what we saw on the reef and with the help of this guide it is not all Greek to me for once. Which leaves just one set of photos from Zante to post, the speed boat trip, DimExcuses.