La Graciosa Marine Reserve

LA GRACIOSA MARINE RESERVE

Isla Graciosa

Last week I visited la Graciosa Island , located in the Chinijo Archipelago in the northern part of the Canary Islands. This island is a unique nature reserve hosting a huge variety of marine wildlife and rare species. It is not only a Nature Reserve, but also a Marine Reserve and part of the Biosphere Reserves of Lanzarote.

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ANGEL SHARKS IN LA GRACIOSA

In fact, I had the opportunity to witness all this marine wildlife during several dives. Together with Diving Center “Centro de Buceo La Graciosa” we went out to look for Angel Sharks in several diving sites around the island, including the “insider” spot : shark reef.

Shark Reef
Resting Angel Shark

Javier Bermúdez, the director of the only diving center on the island, showed me the different places where we could find Angel Sharks and where they are frequently seen.

Javier Bermudez
Javier Bermúdez, Director and Instructor

Interestingly, the way the sharks behave here and hide in the sand is completely different to what i have been observing in Gran Canaria.

FUTURE COLLABORATION

We are expecting to work closely with the people from la Graciosa to find out more about the seasonality and behaviour of the sharks in this part of the Canary Islands.

Hopefully our collaboration with Centro Buceo La Graciosa will generate a lot of interesting data in the future.

Javier Bermúdez, Eva Meyers and Bernd Müller

Thank you Javier and the rest of the team for taking care of us! 

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