Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is located on a stretch of temperate seas. It is located between continents and its only connections with other bodies of water are the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Its location, its relatively small size (2,500,000km2) and its shallow depth allow the existence of native ecosystems filled with endemic species derived from adaptation to environmental variations occurring in its geological formation. As in all seas, as the depth increases, the temperature and light are reduced.

Common spiny lobster
The common spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas) is a very territorial nocturnal animal, which hides in caves or crevices during the day.
Mediterranean snakelocks sea anemone
The Mediterranean snakelocks sea anemone (Anemonia sulcata) is an animal related with jellyfish and corals, despite having the appearance of an underwater flower.
Damselfish
Male damselfish (Chromis chromis) have small territories in the rocks and entice females to lay their eggs in them.
Ornate wrasse
One of the most characteristic features of the ornate wrasse (Thalassoma pavo) is the sex change from female to male when reproductive conditions require it.
Dreamfish
The dreamfish (Sarpa salpa) is one of the most eye-catching species found in the Mediterranean habitat of Oceanogràfic.
Ocellated wrasse
The ocellated wrasse (Symphodus ocellatus) is a species distributed through the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the peninsular coast of the eastern Atlantic.
Pearly razorfish
The pearly razorfish is known by its scientific name as Xyrichtys novacula. This small species belongs to the Labridae family.
Mediterranean barracuda
The Mediterranean barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena) is characterised by the vertical bands that cover its back along its whole body, contrasting with the silver colour covering its whole ventral area.
European bass
The European bass is a species known by its scientific name Dicentrarchus labrax, and lives in port areas.
Common two-banded sea bream
The common two-banded sea bream species (known by its scientific name Diplodus vulgaris) is commonly found in port areas and can live at depths of up to 90 metres.
Common octopus
The common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is a master of camouflage and can blend into the environment using different pigments.
Thicklip grey mullet
The thicklip grey mullet (Chelon labrosus) can live at a depth of up to 120 metres.
Undulate ray
The undulate ray (Raja undulata) lives in the western Mediterranean and from Ireland to the Canary Islands and Mauritania.