Homo inquisitivus

Lured by the mysteries of the sea, man enters the aquatic realm with a thirst for knowledge, adventure, and exploration

 

Exploring a deep healthy reef full of red gorgonians (Paramuricea clavata)

Exploring a deep healthy reef full of red gorgonians (Paramuricea clavata)

In front of a huge red gorgonian (Paramuricea clavata) in deep waters

In front of a huge red gorgonian (Paramuricea clavata) in deep waters

Exploring underwater crevices full of red coral (Corallium rubrum)

Exploring underwater crevices full of red coral (Corallium rubrum)

Investigating the coralligenous community in the shady side of an underwater pinnacle.

Investigating the coralligenous community in the shady side of an underwater pinnacle.

Photographing and interacting with a friendly cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)

Photographing and interacting with a friendly cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)

Up-and-close with the fried egg jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) and the juvenille horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) that seek shelter among its tentacles

Up-and-close with the fried egg jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) and the juvenille horse mackerel (Trachurus trachurus) that seek shelter among its tentacles

Investigating a deep Mediterranean reef with white gorgonians (Eunicella singularis)

Investigating a deep Mediterranean reef with white gorgonians (Eunicella singularis)

A rare encounter with the mythical Gorgon's head (Astrospartus mediterraneus) in deeper Mediterranean waters.

A rare encounter with the mythical Gorgon's head (Astrospartus mediterraneus) in deeper Mediterranean waters.

Biological sampling in a marine cave

Biological sampling in a marine cave

Exploring a karstic cave

Exploring a karstic cave

Investigating the ceiling of a cavern full of sunset cup corals (Leptopsammia pruvoti)

Investigating the ceiling of a cavern full of sunset cup corals (Leptopsammia pruvoti)

Investigating the coralligenous community under the shade of a marine cliff

Investigating the coralligenous community under the shade of a marine cliff

Examinging the cave walls that are covered by colorful sponges

Examinging the cave walls that are covered by colorful sponges

Taking a compass reading to set up the survey line in the preditermined direction

Taking a compass reading to set up the survey line in the preditermined direction

Counting gold-sponge (Aplysina aerophoba) colonies in order to estimate their abundance, using Distance Sampling visual survey techniques

Counting gold-sponge (Aplysina aerophoba) colonies in order to estimate their abundance, using Distance Sampling visual survey techniques

Examination of a gold-sponge (Aplysina aerophoba) colony looking for specific endobiots

Examination of a gold-sponge (Aplysina aerophoba) colony looking for specific endobiots

Examination of a dead colony of the Mediterranean pillow coral (Cladocora caespitosa)

Examination of a dead colony of the Mediterranean pillow coral (Cladocora caespitosa)

Examining a mature Neptune's grass (Posidonia oceanica) fruit.

Examining a mature Neptune's grass (Posidonia oceanica) fruit.

Close inspection of Neptune's grass (Posidonia oceanica) dead rhizomes found covered under a matte of Caulerpa racemoza invasive algae

Close inspection of Neptune's grass (Posidonia oceanica) dead rhizomes found covered under a matte of Caulerpa racemoza invasive algae

Encounter with a large seven-armed starfish (Luidia ciliaris). 

Encounter with a large seven-armed starfish (Luidia ciliaris). 

Close encounters with Mediterranean rainbow wrasses (Coris julis)

Close encounters with Mediterranean rainbow wrasses (Coris julis)

Close inspection of a short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) during an underwater visual survey aimed to estimate their abundance. 

Close inspection of a short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus hippocampus) during an underwater visual survey aimed to estimate their abundance. 

Filming a squid in pelagic waters

Filming a squid in pelagic waters