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About Gran Canaria

Diving in Gran Canaria distinguishes itself by providing the opportunity to enjoy a great variety and quantity of the most diverse species. It is clear that the (endemic species) are rather scarce there. However, they are abundant and diverse native species that have settled in the Gran Canaria islands and in the one accompanying. A very specific characteristic of these waters is the influence of cold streams. It is called “The Canarias cold streams.” This water flow maintains a lower temperature than usual for its latitude. This natural phenomenon is the responsible for the continuous supply of genetic material.

Gran Canaria is located at the southeast of Tenerife in the Atlantic Ocean. Together with the Fuerteventura and Lanzarote islands form the province of Las Palmas. Among the best diving points there are so many that are accessible from the shore. For others it is needed and you could have the chance to find wrecks, caves and reefs. Some of the most accessible diving points are Taliarte, a breeding ground for many marine species, and Green Risco, which is ideal to dive during the night. Other sites that need more experience in diving are El Cabron and Caleta Baja.

Near the coast there are very attractive dive sites from shore but access is difficult because of the depth. There are low difficulty dives such as wreck "Meteor II," which is located just 10 minutes from Pasito Blanco Port. Other diving site is Arona, a sunken ship of over 100 meters in length located across from the water treatment plant in Las Palmas. It is important as well to mention diving sites with greater difficulty such as artificial reef Arguineguin and Cermona II. Larvae and all kinds of aquatic microorganisms are preventing the evolution and diversification in a homogeneous and unified environment. Here, predominate the sandy bottoms that make a variety of “sub-ecosystems” with varied species, common in this area.

Amazing Species 

In sebadal Confital Bay, two species of very specific algae abound in Gran Canaria, they adorn the seabed of the most spectacular way. On the other hand, on the coast of Arinaga (in the southeast of the island) is the longest underwater biological richness of the Canaries, in general

Those who are fortunate to dive in this site will enjoy a tremendous amount of brown algae, pilgrims, catalufas, Alfonsists, verrugatos and seahorses, among others. In addition, these waters fantasy is optimized even more for the presence of bream fishes, some stocks of sand eel and especially by the old ones, which is one of the most popular species of the Canary Islands. The popular old ones have the peculiar property of being a hermaphrodite.

Gran Canaria is distinguished by the great presence of loggerhead turtle, the strange little Cuvier's beaked whale, common (“dolphin”) and the funny and playful bottlenose dolphin. Lt us see now the famous Marine Reserve El Cabron. We can mention as well some of the most famous “underwater universe” more than 400 species.

The angelfishes are species of almost two meters long which live in Gran Canaria, particularly in winter. Remains buried in the sandy bottom and are not aggressive, as long as you do not bother them. On the other hand, we have the Canarian lobster which has a beautiful orange to reddish color. During the night dives, they are observed looking for food.  But during the day they often hide among the many caves, crevices and crannies that abound in this area.  Regarding the catalufa fish is very particular and different from other species of fish that can be seen in these waters. During the day it remains hidden in the crevices, ledges and hollows.

Nightdive

But in the night we can see it in all its splendor, wearing their red and silver colors. They can be seen alone or in groups of up to 60 kinds, giving a wonderful spectacle. Other species that the divers enjoy is the well-known pipefish, which is unmistakable and much admired because the precious phenotype. Let's step quickly, one of the most peculiar small, famous and desired of the ocean: the always admired seahorse.

It is one of the “Masters of camouflage,” the highlights of the Ocean. It is impossible for them to be preyed, usually they abound in some areas of these waters. They hide themselves between algae and shallow prairie, they remain immovable to be even more unnoticed. With regard to the species called “scrapie,” we have that it has a flattened body with some stains somewhat irregular, but it look so amazing.

You should not make them upset, because divers could be victims of dangerous electrical shock. They are fairly quiet, if they are not harassed. The vaquita or "painted comber" is a strange but beautiful fish inhabiting the waters of Gran Canaria. You can see them in the funds, which are covered by algal gardens. It is quite territorial. La Bicuda is other “star” from these waters. It can be seen in the Marine Reserve El Cabron (Gran Canaria) in numerous groups. They are observable in a “half water,” in underwater and intermediate areas between the seabed and the surface. But it is also feasible to see them in veriles and lows. Another “big star” of the waters of Gran Canaria, is the black moray eels that remain quiet as long as you do not bother.

During the night dive it is possible to see them swimming looking for food. During the day they usually take refuge in the cracks and crevices. And about Choco, other singular specie of the Gran Canaria likes to live on sandy and rocky bottoms. When it feels threatened, it loose ink like most cephalopods, its specie.  The precious and singular Chucho is characterized by being wider than long, with its disc-shaped body. Divers will see them in the sand. The spectacular giant anemone and black pooch are other specie admired by divers in these waters.

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