The Canary Islands have long been recognised as a special place for marine bio-diversity, with marine species from the Mediteranean, the Caribean, the Atlantic and Africa.
There are estimated to be over 400 distinct marine species in the warm waters which surround these islands, and even in shallow waters scuba divers and snorkelers and swimmers can enjoy a huge variety of shapes,
colours and sizes.
Here is a list of some of the species you will be able to see:
Cuttlefish or cuttles are marine molluscs of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses. Cuttlefish have a unique internal shell, the cuttlebone.
Cuttlefish eat small molluscs, crabs, shrimp, fish, octopus, worms, and other cuttlefish.
The body of the Arrowhead is triangular, and the rostrum is drawn out into a long point with serrate edges.
Colouration is variable in this species, the body may be golden, yellow or cream, marked with brown, black or iridescent-blue lines,
the legs are reddish or yellow, and the claws are blue or violet.
The Canary damsel (Abudefduf luridus) is a species of marine fish of the family PomacentridaeA. luridus is commonly associated with reefs in subtropical regions,
where individuals grow to around 15 cm in length, and feed primarily on algae and small invertebrates.
This can be found in Playa del Cabron which is the best spot to find these species, this beach is located in Agüimes
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