Fauna of the Aegean Sea

Fishing has been developed in the Aegean Sea since ancient times, with sponge and octopus fishing. In recent times, however, it has gradually declined due to its private nature, the deterioration of the ecological situation in the sea and the lack of plankton, which is necessary for fish to feed.

Common fish in the Aegean Sea

Serranidae, Diplodus annularis, mullet, parrotfish and conger are common in the Aegean Sea. Commercial fishes are: Sardine, Mackerel, Pomfret, Engraulis, Trachurus. With the help of a fishing rod in recreational fishing you can catch: Epinephelus, Sebastes, Mullus, European seabass, Boops Boops.

Are there sharks in the Aegean Sea?

There are over 35 species of sharks in this sea, some of which can be dangerous to humans. The most common predators are Great white shark, Tiger shark, Bull shark, Shortfin mako shark, Oceanic whitetip shark, Blue shark, Hammerhead shark, Copper shark, Grey reef shark, Sandbar shark, Lemon shark, Sharpnose sevengill shark, Silky shark. Aegean shark species that are not dangerous to humans: Spiny dogfish, Catshark, Bluntnose sixgill shark, Common smooth-hound, Basking shark, Thresher shark, Squatina squatina. Sharks rarely swim into Aegean resorts. If they do meet bathers on the beaches, it is an isolated incident.

Mammals of the Aegean Sea

Mammals in the Aegean include common and bottlenose dolphins, Risso's dolphins, the occasional killer whale and other whales. 

Reptiles of the Aegean

Sea turtles are quite common in the Aegean. The most common reptile in this area is the loggerhead sea turtle.

Invertebrates of the Aegean Sea

In the water column and on the bottom there are sea anemones, large and small cuttlefish, starfish, sometimes jellyfish of various species, there are also "stinging" ones. Sea urchins, Ctenophora, crabs, Scorpaena and other animals can be found. 



Annular seabream

Annular seabream

Latin nameDiplodus annularisOther namesAnnular seabream (English), Sargu bishtzi (Albanian), Σπάρος ..

Bluntnose sixgill shark

Bluntnose sixgill shark

Latin nameHexanchus griseusOther namesСow sharkIdentificationThe bluntnose sixgill shark has a dense..

Bogue

Bogue

Latin nameBoops boopsOther namesBogue (English), Vopa (Albanian), Gopa (Bulgarian), Bokvis (Dutch), ..

Common bottlenose dolphin

Common bottlenose dolphin

Latin nameTursiops truncatusOther namesAtlantic bottlenose dolphinIdentificationThe moderately devel..

Common smooth-hound

Common smooth-hound

Latin nameMustelus mustelusOther namesSmooth-hound, Smooth hound shark, Gray houndflsh, Gray-mouthed..

Copper shark

Copper shark

Latin nameCarcharhinus brachyurusOther namesBronze whaler,narrowtooth shark.IdentificationIt has a s..

Crabs

Crabs

     An infraorder of ten-legged crustaceans living in salt and fresh water.   ..

Dogfish, Spiny

Dogfish, Spiny

Latin name Squalus acanthias Other names Dogfish, dog shark, grayfish, Pacific grayfish, Pacific ..

European seabass

European seabass

Latin nameDicentrarchus labraxOther namesEuropean bass, sea bass, common bass, white bass, capemouth..

Grey reef shark

Grey reef shark

Latin nameCarcharhinus amblyrhynchosOther namesGray reef sharkIdentificationThe body of the fish is ..

Merlangius

Merlangius

Latin nameMerlangius merlangusOther namesWhiting, Merling (English), Medzhid (Bulgarian), Wijting (D..

Oceanic whitetip shark

Oceanic whitetip shark

Latin nameCarcharhinus longimanusOther namesCarcharhinus longimanusIdentificationThe pectoral fins a..

Octopus

Octopus

     Latin Octōpoda, from Ancient Greek ὀκτώ "eight" and πούς "foot".     ..

Risso's dolphin

Risso's dolphin

Latin nameGrampus griseusOther namesGrampus griseusIdentificationRisso's dolphin lacks the typical b..

Serranidae

Serranidae

     Serranidae is a family of fishes of the order Perciformes. Anal fin with three b..

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