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After many months of lockdown in which we have done everything possible to cultivate our passion for diving, finally we are back in the sea and the island of Giannutri (Italy) welcomes us in the best way. Punta Pennello shoal with its forest of black coral (Antipathes subpinnata) surrounded by forests of Paramuricea clavata and Eunicella cavolini is a riot of color and life and reminds us that the Mediterranean mesophotic coral has nothing to envy to the tropical seas. A short video by @MarcoP.
English subtitles - Subtítulos en español - 日本語字幕 The Formiche di Grosseto ("Ants of Grosseto") are three islets included in the Tuscan archipelago (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formiche_di_Grosseto). The discovery in 2016 of a garden of Savalia savaglia near the largest islet gave us the opportunity to learn more, with Prof. Carlo Cerrano, the peculiarities of this species and its ecological and biological value. The dives also highlighted a particular type of interaction between the two typical chromatic varieties known for Savalia savaglia. The observation opened new hypotheses on the complex growth strategies of this species. The opportunity provided by this type of exploration underlines how technical diving is a means and not an end. A set of tools that allow to extend the duration of our excursions, to approach demanding dives making them safer and more fun or, as in our case, an example of "citizen science" that is a collaboration between technical divers and scientists. Short bibliography: cutt.ly/Iko2OHp