Diving Zone

17 – Diving Zone: Embarcadero Calahonda

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°42’11″N 3°24’42″W

Difficulty: Low.

Depth: Maximum depth 22 m and mean depth 15 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 60 min.

Recommended weather conditions: Moderate breeze (4 force).

The first milestone of immersion is found just below the mooring rope, in the remains of an ancient trammel net over which a curious biological community has developed.  It is easy to find seahorses (Hyppocampus guttulatus) and in the hollows lobsters (Palinurus elephas) and large east atlantic peacock wrasses (Symphodus tinca).

Once this singular community has been observed, we head east to find the rock wall on which the rest of the dive will take place, covering about 200 m. Its orographic profile is home to landslides, almost vertical walls and a multitude of cavities and crevices in which wildlife is usually protected. The most advisable thing is to make the trip between the rock-sand interfaces and make the turn on the rock, which, in addition to reducing the possibility of decompression, will increase our knowledge of the area.

Here a rich population of orange coral (Astroides calycularis) develops and a multitude of opistobranchs and planarians appear.

The wall progressively descends to 22 meters, while turning from a North-South direction, to a East-West direction. Here a rich population of orange coral (Astroides calycularis) develops and a multitude of opistobranchs and planarians appear. It is also possible to observe a large number of sponge species. Many fishes inhabit the area, a multitude of fish species, some of important size such as grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) or goldblotch grouper (Epinephelus costae), and others of smaller size but very showy such as combtooth blenny and wrasses.

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Once reached 18 meters we will find a large area on which an important community of gorgonians of the species Leptogorgia sarmentosa develops, which acts as a habitat for several species of decapods and gastropods.

 

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

Start from the beach, diving to the South and following the cliff wall. Stop in the starting area under the ship to see diversity (seahorses, lobsters, east atlantic peacock wrasse). Later dive the bottom along the cliff in a straight line. Return in the opposite direction once consumed 1/3 of the bottle.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Seahorses, lobster (Palinurus elephas), east atlantic peacock wrasse (Symphodus tinca).

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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