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The Grouper Fish

 

 


The sea life on Fuerte can be classified into around 390 species of fish, which are grouped into 117 families. This inevitably attracts scuba divers from all over the globe to sample the delights of Fuerteventuras rich clear waters.
Because of ever changing sea currents in the Canary Islands, the water has strange combination of salt concentration and shifting temperatures which affect the marine life greatly, producing many different regions of fauna.
The north of the Island has a greater abundance of marine life due to the water being slightly cooler and more richer in plankton, but this area of water is also much less fished than the south of the Island.
The majority of species are 'Creole' bound to the island for their whole life, unlike the rest of the 'travelling fish' such as tuna, dolphins,sardines,snipefish,and various species of sharkMost of the fish here live on the sea bed, such as the gulper shark, moray eel, groupers, parrot fish, stingrays, vieja, and emperor fish to name but a few. Click on any link to the left to see images of popular marine life around the shores of Fuerteventura.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

The adult Yellow-billed Stork is a whitish bird with a long yellow bill. The juvenile is greyer with a duller bill. Both adult and juvenile have the bare patch on the face although this is more brightly coloured in the adult. Mostly seen in groups, it has developed the technique of stirring up the water or mud with one foot to flush out prey. Generally prefers larger bodies of water.

 

Wagtail is the common name for any of several songbirds.
Two species, the white wagtail and the yellow wagtail, nest in Alaska, but normally migrate down the west side of the Pacific. Wagtails are almost exclusively terrestrial in habits. Most frequent open and well-cultivated districts, where they are found on banks of streams and ponds and in pastures, usually walking about while pumping their tails up and down.

 

Vieja Fish

 

 

Turtle

 

 

Tuna Fish
The tuna fish are represented mainly by the skipjack, Atlantic,and yellowfins. These fish can grow to enormous sizes and are fished heavily during the summer months

 

 

Swordfish

 

 

The Trigger Fish

 

 

Stingray

 

 

Spotted Grouper

 

 

Red Sea Bream

 

 

The Parrot Fish

 

 

The Nurse Shark

 

 

Mullet

 

 

Moray eel

 

 

The Mako Shark

 

 

Hammerhead Shark

 

 

The Blue Shark
There are several species of shark such as the blue shark, hammerhead, shortfin mako, catsharks, nursesharks, greysharks etc. Most are traveling and never stay for long periods.

 

 

The Grey Shark

 

 

Dolphin