Diving Zone

15 – Diving Zone: Las 21 – Las Motos

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°43’58″N 3°42’21″W

Difficulty: Low.

Depth: Maximum depth 17 m and mean depth 15 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 70 min.

Recommended weather conditions: Moderate breeze (3 force). 

This dive will begin in Almuñécar, through the rocky borders next to San Cristóbal beach. Once we anchor the boat we will dive to 8 m deep where we will find a sandy bottom. Diving north or northwest we will reach the rockiest areas where we will begin to enjoy the communities that houses this dive.

Once we are next to the rocky substrate, in the most superficial strata we will observe meadows of the brown algae Halopteris scoparia along with many other species such as Dictyota spp. and calcareous red algae such as Elisollandia elongata, Jania rubens and Lithophyllum incrustans. In the bottom we will find in abundance anemones such as Anemonia viridis and Aiptasia mutabilis along with sea urchins. In the same area there will be spirographs and the Hymeniacidon sanguinea sponge with an intense red color.

Among the most interesting sessile species we have the rough pen shell Pinna rudis and small specimens of the coral leptogorgia sarmentosa.

Among the most interesting sessile species we have the rough pen shell Pinna rudis and small specimens of the coral leptogorgia sarmentosa. In the softer substrates we will already find the wide-eyed flounder Bothus podas, greater weeves Trachinus spp., octopus Octopus vulgaris, red comb starfish Astropecten aranciacus, numerous holoturias, and large Cerianthus membraneceus. If we look more closely at the bottom we will find bivalves like Venus verrucosa, Callista chione and Tapes decussatus.

As we dive again next to the rocky wall, we will be accompanied by the unmistakable mediterranean cardinalfish Apogon imberbis with their reddish hue. We will see more fish like striped seabream and occasionally we could have some encounters with sunfish (Mola mola) and observe some groupers (Epinephelus marginatus).

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SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

This dive will begin in Almuñécar, through the rocky borders next to San Cristóbal beach. Once we anchor the boat we will dive to 8 m deep where we will find a sandy bottom. Diving north or northwest we will reach the rockiest areas where we will begin to enjoy the communities that houses this dive.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Brown algae (Halopteris scoparia) and red algae (Elisollandia elongata, Jania rubens y Lithophyllum incrustans). Anemones (Anemonia viridis y Aiptasia mutabilis), spirographs, sponges (Hymeniacidon sanguinea), rough pen shell (Pinna rudis), leptogorgia sarmentosa, greater weever (Trachinus spp.), mediterranean cardinalfish (Apogon imberbis) and sunfish (Mola mola).

PERMITS

No permissions are needed to dive.

SECURITY

No more precautions need to be taken than normally adopted. The dive has a low difficulty level.



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