SEA LIFE

This area has been awarded the BLUE FLAG 9 years running. It's an award given to the clearest and cleanest water of Italy. This extremity of the Amalfi Coast is protected, being part of the Natural Marine Reserve "Punta Campanella", and in many areas fishing and motorboats are forbidden.  This has improved sea life enormously and many fish that had disappeared are returning!

During our tours you may see some of the following:

Name:

Peregrine Falcon 

 

Scientific Name: 

Falco peregrinus Tunstall

Description: 

This bird is a predator and territorial. Known for its high speed,  it can apparently reach 182 m/h when swooping during hunting, thus being the fastest animal in the world. You don't see many around because they have problems with seagulls,  that attack them in groups, pushing them into the sea.

Chances of seeing:

Rare

Name:

Dolphin   

Scientific Name:

Delphinus Delphis Mediterranea

Description:

They are back! Although they prefer to stay away from the crowded coast , they sometimes  come quite close. They move in schools and you can see their fins cutting the sea. They are curious animals and, who knows, maybe they will be interested in our new transparent kayaks!

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Manta Ray

 

Scientific Name:

Manta Birostris

Description:

One of the most elegant animals you can observe in the sea. It moves gently with the current and is spectacular when it jumps out of the water!

Chances of seing:

Very rare

Name:

Barrel jellyfish

 

Scientific Name: 

Rhizostoma Pulmo

Description:

This is the biggest jellyfish you can see in our waters. It prefers deep water and is a slow animal pushed by the current. Its movements are very elegant.

Chances of seeing:

Rare

Name:

Mediterranean Moray

Scientific Name:

Muraena Helena

Description:

This is one of the ugliest fish you can see. It lives in coves on the coast. It's like a snake and is scary when it stares at you... not very friendly.

Chance of seeing: 

Medium

Name:

Purple-striped jellyfish   

 

Scientific Name:

Pelagia Nocticula

Description:

These are the most annoying jelly fish we have which move in schools driven by the current. Their tentacles can be 1 meter long and if they touch you it can be very painful. The good thing about these jelly fish is that they provide food for the dolphins.

Chances of seeing:

Common (unfortunately)

Name:

Cormoran

 

Scientific Name:

Phalacrocorax Carbo

Description:

This big bird is getting more common every year. It has a long neck  and  loves to fly skimming the surface of the water in search of  prey. 

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Grey mullet

 

Scientific Name:

Mugil Cephalus

Description: 

These are common in this area. You can find them in schools especially when they are young. They prefer shallow water.

Chances of seeing:

Common

Name:

Mediterranean Spearfish (Marlin)  

 

Scientific Name:

Tetrapturus Belone

Description:

This big fish is not very typical of this area but lately it has been making an appearance. It likes deep water and, when seen from above, has an amazing electric blue color.

Chances of seeing:

Very rare

Name:

Fried Egg jellyfish  

 

Scientific Name:

Cotylorhiza Tubercolata

Description:

This jellyfish is also known by locals as "cappiell' e prete" (Priest's hat). Its umbrella can reach the size  of 30 cm. It has no tentacles and you can find it in deep sea driven by the current.

Chances of seeing:

Medium

 

Name:

Sperm Whale  

 

Scientific Name:

Physeter Macrocephalus

Description:

These incredible animals tend to pass through this area during springtime. They can be huge, even 45 feet! An amazing sight is when they come up to the surface and spurt water out. They are beautiful cetaceans and you feel so little when they bang their tails on the sea.

Chances of seeing:

Very rare

Name:

Dreamfish

 

Scientific Name:

Sarpa Salpa

Description:

This little fish prefers shallow sea and lately is not very scared of humans. You can distinguish it by the golden stripes along its body.

Chances of seeing: 

Common

Name:

Bluefin Tuna

 

Scientific Name:

Thunnus Thynnus

Description:

Of the many species of tuna we have round here this is definitely the most interesting. There are many at the end of August and September. When they arrive here  they are young and so usually between 5 and 6 kg, but they can become huge!

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Red scorpionfish    

 

Scientific Name:

Scorpaena Scrofa

Description:

This ugly fish lives  on the bottom in deep sea, its quills are poisonous so you don't want to step on it.

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Squid 

 

Scientific Name:

Loligo Vulgaris

Description: 

This is a very common mollusk. It moves in deep water and is similar to an octopus but its hat has got little wings and its tentacles are shorter. It sprays ink when in danger.

Chance of seeing: 

Rare

Name: 

Pompano (Jack family)

 

Scientific Name:

Trachinotus Ovatus

Description:

This is another little fish quite common to this area. It can be distinguished by its  big tail similar to that  of the swallow.

Chances of seeing: 

Medium

Name:

Sunfish

 

Scientific Name:

Mola Mola

Description:

This is a very particular fish. It can become quite big. When it sleeps  it comes to the surface and its fin comes out of the sea scaring people who confuse it with a shark.

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Sea Turtle  

 

Scientific Name:

Caretta Caretta

Description:

Every year many turtles are found injured and volunteers  heal them.  In the  springtime they free them in the Bay of Jeranto or in Marina del Cantone. They can be very big and are very graceful when they swim despite their odd shape.

Chances of seeing:

Rare

Name:

Flying Fish

 

Scientific Name:

Exocoetus Volitans

Description:

This fish has got very long side fins which it uses  when in danger.  It can fly out of the sea  for  up to 150 feet.

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Seagull

 

Scientific Name:

Larinae

Description:

This big bird is very commonl and you can see many of them.  When they are young they have grey  feathers which turn white when they are older,

Chances of seeing:

Very common

Name:

Cuttlefish  

 

Scientific Name:

Sepiidae

Description:

This animal is a mixture of an octopus and a squid. It is very good at  camouflage and when  in danger sprays ink out.

Chances of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Gilt-head Sea Bream

   

Scientific Name:

Sparus Aurata

Description:

This fish prefers deep water and lives by itself or in little schools. It can grow to 5 or6 kg.

Chance of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Starfish 

 

Scientific Name:

Asteroidea

Description:

This fish lives on the bottom of the sea. It's a slow animal and its favourite food is sea urchins.

Chance of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Monkfish 

 

Scientific Name:  

Lophius Budegassa

Description:

It's a giant monster,scary but completely harmless. I haven't seen  any of them around for a long, long time.

Chance of seeing:

Very rare

Name:

Sea Urchin

 

Scientific Name:

Echinoidea

Description:

This fish was very common in our sea, then somebody realized how good they were to eat and now you don't see them very often. Its body is covered in quills and it can be very painful if you step on it. 

Chance of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Sea Bass 

 

Scientific Name:

Dicentrarchus Labrax

Description:

This fish is medium size, silver coloured and it likes water that is not very clean.

Chance of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Swordfish

 

Scientific Name:

Xiphias Gladius

Description:

In general this big fish prefers very deep water and stays away from the coast, but sometimes you can see one jumping out of the sea with its sword in the air.

Chance of seeing:

Rare

Name:

Octopus

 

Scientific Name:  

Octopus Vulgaris

Description:

 This animal is the king of camouflage. It stays near the rocks taking their color and is very hard to spot. When in danger it sprays black ink.

k out.

  

Chance of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Saddled Seabream

 

Scientific Name:  

Oblada Melanura

Description:

 This silver fish is everywhere along the coast. It prefers shallow water and  lives in schools. You can distinguish it by a black stripe near the tail.

Chance of seeing:

Very Common

Name:

Seahorse

 

Scientific Name:

Ippocampus

Description:

This lovely little animal lives on the bottom of the sea. It's very hard to see also because it prefers to stay away from the crowds.

Chance of seeing:

Rare

Name:

Damselfish

 

Scientific Name:

Chromis Chromis

Description:

It's a little black fish and you can find it everywhere. It lives in schools in not very deep sea.

Chance of seeing:

Very Common

Name:

Dolphinfish

 

Scientific Name:  

Coryphaena Hippurus

Description:

 Despite the name it has nothing in common with dolphins. Its face is squashed-looking  and it's not very attractive. Its body has  a very beautiful gold and electric blue color.  You can see it especially at the end of summer

Chance of seeing:

Medium

Name:

Mermaid

 

Scientific Name:  

???

Description:

 These beautiful creatures used to live here, their home was Li Galli Island. Here we had three sisters: Partenope, Ligea and Leucosia who with their enchanting songs used to seduce sailors and kill them. When they couldn't stop Ulysses they died and Partenope's body was found in Naples where nowadays  the Castel dell' Ovo stands. Since then nobody has ever seen them anymore but never say never...

Chance of seeing:

???

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Via A.Vespucci 2

Nerano

Massa Lubrense 80061 - Italy

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