Thanks to the incredible contribution of Manuel Marichal Pérez, underwater photographer, whom we appreciate very much, we can now show you all the animal life that is hidden beneath the waters off the coast of our beach. Armed with nothing more than his digital camera, goggles, snorkel and flippers, Manuel was able to photograph the most extraordinary details of wild life that share this paradise with us that is the beach of Las Canteras.
“My passion is to snorkel in the Barra and watch the fish. Photography, in my case, is just a way of taking advantage of the technology, so that I can bring home the photos and enjoy looking at them there in my own time.”
Description: From top to bottom and from left to right
-Spotted weever (Trachinus araneus), a little larger than what one usually sees at Las Canteras. Typical of the sandy ocean floor between the edge of the Barra Grande and at the height of the Reina Isabel. It’s lying in wait to see if any unsuspecting prey approaches. It possesses a very poisonous dorsal fin that can be fatal to humans. If you are ever down at the sandy ocean floor and feel a prick that is quickly followed by pain leading to complications, get yourself as quick as possible to the nearest medical centre, where you should be injected with an antidote.
-Parrotfish (Sparisoma cretense) with two parasites attached to its body. They will quite possibly end up killing it. This grotesque picture exhibits the cruelty of nature and its evolution of the marine life, even though this occurs within just metres of the beach where you enjoy a pleasant, relaxing day with your children.
-Salema (Sarpa salpa). The average sized salema swims in clear water near the shoreline. In uniform and coordinated movements the salema searches for its natural food; primarily seaweed (sebas), which covers the rocks and the ocean floor. They are very common in our waters.
-A common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) shows us up close two of its ten tentacles. The cuttlefish of the Canary Islands is a mollusc cephalopod that likes to catch its prey by night. It’s a specialist in camouflage, an art that it also employs to remain disguised from any potential enemies such as people.
-A precious mottled grouper (Mycteroperca fusca) looks into the camera lens with affectionate eyes. They were once almost extinct due to the ruthless fishing industry that they were subjected to. They seem to appear once again more frequently in the waters of Las Canteras thanks to the controls now set in place. It is rare to see them outside of caves and underwater ravines.
-A mean looking gesture from the mouth of the popular Atlantic lizardfish (Synodus saurus), very common to our deep waters. A very aggressive fish that attacks anything that moves. If anyone ever catches one of these fish on the end of their lines they will be in for the fight of their lives. The ferociousness of the Atlantic lizardfish has no equal, making it an admirable counterpart to its presumed capturer.
Canteras beach “natural reservation”
To be continued…
Translation: Students from the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.