Jordan: Beneath the Red Sea surface…part 2

Pterois Volitans, the Lionfish is quite an amazing creature. The colouring of one of them includes white, beige and brown. The Lionfish is part of the Scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae) species, which take their name from the venomous spines positioned on the dorsal fin.

Lionfish are voracious predators.

Lionfish_Siipisimppu_RedSea

The Two-spot Lizardfish is usually found within the depth range of 1 – 10 meters. The maximum recorded length of a Two-spot male lizardfish  is about 18 cm, but the common length is around 10 cm.

Lizardfish are harmless.

Two spot lizardfish_Synodus binotatus schultz

The Boxfish (Ostraciidae) is certainly one of my favourite fish. It is also called Cofferfish, Cowfish and Trunkfish. There are 24 extant species in seven extant genera. The adults are in general quite square in shape, young Ostraciidae are more rounded. The young often exhibit brighter colours than the adults.

ps. to enlarge the photos, click on them 🙂

Lossorekala_Boxfish_Ostraciidae

Black Peacock Lionfish and black sea urchin

The Black Peacock Lionfish is astonishing with its beautiful black colour, showy pectoral fins and venomous spiky fin rays.

Diadema Antillarum, the Black Sea Urchins, were all over the bottom of the Red Sea in Jordan. We had to be very careful not to touch them by mistake. This sea urchin is characterized by its exceptionally long black spines.

When the population of sea urchins is at a healthy level, they are the main grazers, which prevent algae overgrowth of the reef.

Black sea urchins

The corals in the Red Sea at Tala Bay, Jordan, were a bit different than the ones we had seen in Marsa Alam, Egypt. Less colour, but nonetheless very beautiful and amazing to explore.

Corals in the Red Sea

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