Seabed, a marvelous spectacle among cliffs, wrecks, corals and history

It’s goog news that the sea is still vital and rich, despite the serious damage caused by innumerable, nefarius human  behaviors. Then, if you have the privilege to observe it in its most intimate part, the depths, the news takes the form of surprise. Or even of Magic! The spectacle offered by the marine depths is prodigious: a changing vision that is astonishing always, since even the most experienced diver finds himself facing new discoveries. Mediterranean, especially,  bursts in amazement. We are well aware of the beauty of the its coastal landscapes, but also inland: a plural  habitat considered – in its complexity – one of the main eco-regions of the planet because of  its wealth of biodiversity.Everything is under the eyes of all and it is immediate to recognize and appreciate its charm. More difficult, however, is imagining hidden beauty hidden that lies silent below the water’s surface, and down to unattainable depths, where it is in force a mysterious dimension, an unexpectedly intense and busy life. Passion, and maybe a pinch of healthy madness, of the wearer a suit and everything needed (respirator, scooter, video camera) to immerse himself in the discovery of the most beautiful backdrops, fortunately reveals mysteries of submerged beauties to those who remain on the ground.  And they are many. It is not just about fauna, though this is certainly colorful, multiform and unexpected; the world that is down there gives a generous fish flora, landscapes formed and crossed by caves, volcanoes, corals, currents, and even ancient loads of the Past with its traces of history there, lying for centuries and millennia. On the other hand, the famous “bronzes” have been very well guarded by the jonic backdrops. Under this point of views, are really original and always interesting meetings at the bottom of the sea: for example wrecks – for the most part – dating back to the period of the second world conflict. And numerous are those found in the Mediterranean, from the Tuscan archipelago to the Sicilian channel, from the Iberian coasts to the North African ones, from those from Dalmatia to the Ionian and to the MiddleOrient. A wealth to know, to protect, to defend. From the underwater point of view, as well as being a fascinating site, the wreck proves to be an important area of fauna restocking, for example for amberjack, groupers, bream, corvine, etc. this beneficial effect is guaranteed by the fact that the wreck represents an obstructive element for those engaged in poaching or improper trawlers, which, as it is known,  have a negative impact on the marine environment because  destroy and take away what intercepts on the backdrop. For these reasons there are Countries that have transformed ship wrecks in real ecological resources: the case of Malta is emblematic. The Government – already from more than twenty years – has decided to reclaim the wrecks for then sink them into the waters facing the coast and thus creating a marine environment at very low cost prosperous from a purely ecological point of view as for tourism, since the Maltese island has become the biggest attraction for divers. A similar situation can be found in Micronesia where the backdrops of Truk Lagoon host one seventy Japanese wrecks sunk during the II World War: today this site presents a very rich colony of fish and corals of all kinds, and is considered the world paradise of divers. In Italy  “scuttling” activities, that is the voluntary sinking of ships and boats, is not taken into consideration and this not only does not provide the benefits mentioned above, but it is even a useless waste. Our wrecks lie in Italian ports for decades, with the aggravating circumstance that the State must take on an unhealthy stationing fee as well as being complicit in objectively unseemly situations. Granting us a bit of sarcasm, we could say that things go on the land worse than what is recorded at the bottom of the sea, with its submerged beauties! The Mediterranean offers a lot: the bottoms of the Aeolian archipelago make up a panorama not to be missed like the surrounding coasts at the tip of Italy. Here, on the Tyrrhenian, they are signaled the generous backdrops of Capo Vaticano and those of the Strait where the myth of Scylla and Charybdis was born. Scilla, in particular, presents a clarity of water and a wealth of nutrients due to strong currents; a little further to the North the backdrops of Palmi offer some amazing red gorgonians, while in Amantea there are magnificent branches of hidden black coral under the characteristic and bright white coating. The seabed of the Calabrian Jonica area is known especially for the area between Capo Colonna and Le Castella thanks to an abundant variety of fish. Further south in the Ionian Sea, there are cliffs and numerous wrecks of military and commercial ships: without doubt the most famous of these is the Pasubio, a steamship ninety meters long, torpedoed in 1943 at wide of Roccella Jonica and settling at forty-four meters deep, where it rests well preserved and well photographed by fans. Also the backdrops ofGuardavalle proudly expose their splendid wreck: it is the Kingdom, lying at a shallow depth and therefore an ideal stop for divers too less experienced. As already mentioned, the importance of these wrecks lies not only in historical and tourist value but also in the ecological one, so everywhere there is a sunken boat aquatic life can flourish. Far beyond the ships of poisons!

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