Beautiful Binibeca, a little white fishing village on the south coast of Menorca. It’s even more gorgeous when you go below the waves.
A week of September sun gave me the chance to do what I love, explore the sea. This time in some warm water with no wetsuit! Now anyone else who lives in the UK will know that there is no time of the year where you don’t really go in without some sort of neoprene to keep you warm. So the chance to get into the sea that was like a bath was very much the novelty to me.
Over the week Joe and I went for 5 snorkels. There is plenty of snorkelling in Menorca. So one of the first days we did a bit of scouting, looking for ideal snorkelling spots, this included the little cove right outside our hotel. Along with Cala Sa Olla, a small cove around the corner from where we stayed and Piscina Natural another cove about a 5 minute walk away from the hotel. As you might have gathered we didn’t have any transport while we were there. So focused on finding spots to walk to surrounding Binibeca.
Let’s go snorkeling, shall we?
The cove right outside our hotel was a spot we snorkelled at twice, this was because it was quite large with plenty of rocks and marine life to look at. There was one spot that was full of fish, it was a wonderful sight. The cove itself was rather deep but still when we were there. Ideal conditions for snorkelling. So here I am not going to go in depth with it all, and instead give you plenty of photos, little facts, names and stories of the marine life spotted on our snorkeling in Menorca adventures.
To start off, I am not a marine biologist so I might not be 100% accurate in my species identifications. So if you spot that some of them are wrong please let me know in the comments. That way I can correct it and we can all learn something new! Which to me is what it is all about.
In the photo above you can see a whole range of fish including Damselfish, Salmea/Saupe and Seabreams. It was quite an odd moment. As when you stood on the side looking into the water you could make out the larger fish at the top but it didn’t look like there were many. It wasn’t until looking under the water you could see the whole range of life under there. Sometimes things just need a closer look.
Talking of closer look, meet this little guy. Now I am not sure what species of crab he is, so here is a more general piece of information. This crab is part of the crustaceans family. A group of aquatic animals that wear suits of armour. This group includes crabs, lobsters, prawns shrimps and barnacles. It took me a good 10 minutes of just floating close to him for him to move into the right space to grab a good photo. Rather fast and easily able to disguise himself against the algae covered rocks.
If you ever go snorkelling in Menorca, particularlly around the Binibeca area of Menorca you are pretty much guaranteed to see most of the marine life in this post. So you shouldn’t miss out on seeing these species, particularly the fish, there were loads of them everywhere. Above is a Saddled Seabream. This is an easily distinguishable species by the black spot near the tail fin. They can also grow up to 35cm in length and are found in depts of 1m to 30m so ideal for us snorkelers.
I’m happiest when floating in the sea
On our 3rd snorkel, we headed to Piscina Natural cove where we found one of my favourite marine spots from underwater Binibeca. It’s a member of the Cnidarian family, a Mauve Stinger Jellyfish.
Now I believe this Mauve Stinger is in the younger stages of its life. This is due to the lack of tentacles, usually, there are a handful of large purple tentacles with some smaller long thin ones surrounding it. What helped me to identify this jelly are brownish warts you can see on it, these contain stinging cells. All jellyfish are fascinating to look at but be sure not to touch them and keep your distance. This particular jelly has a powerful sting that can produce a severe reaction.
Looking but not touching!
Actually, that goes for all marine life. Try to avoid touching, handling and moving any marine life that you see while snorkelling. It can really hurt the creatures, their habitats and even ourselves (especially in the case of jellyfishes). Our interference can cause significant harm to an underwater ecosystem if we arent 100% sure what we are doing. Some animals might come up to you as they are curious and nosey but do not encourage them to come to you. That’s not to say don’t go looking for them, be sure to get some awesome photos and share them with us all here!
There’s always time for a snorkel selfie when out enjoying what the Mediterranean has to offer.
The final marine species I am going to share with you today is the Ornate Wrasse. Again another animal who I had to wait for at least 10 minutes to settle long enough to get a very quick snap of. I mostly found them close to the rock surfaces searching out small molluscs and crustaceans for their dinner. The bright vibrant colours of this fish just stand out so much. A mesmerising find while snorkelling.
This one was darting around in circles, back and forth, looking like he was up to no good. I have many failed photos of the Ornate Wrasse as they were just too quick for me! However aren’t they just wonderful fish to look at?
So that’s Underwater Binibeca! What do you think? Full of beautiful marine life, much more than I have shown you in this post. The 3 places I snorkelled are all within a 5-10 minute walk of each other so the marine life is similar in each spot. It’s a beautiful area to walk around, views of the open sea, the white village of Binibeca itself and a bit further down the road is a golden sand beach too.
Have you been snorkelling in Menorca ? I know the north coast has a large marine reserve which is full of life including Octopuses. Are there any other great spots to go to?
If you want to see more of my underwater photography be sure to have a look at my Photography section on Mindful Adventures.
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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