Where are the white sea fans of Santa Anna Point?
What are the white sea fans?
The white sea fans (Eunicella singularis), also known as white gorgonians, are colonial organisms related to coralls. They form semi-rigid structures shaped as fans and are about 30cm high. They are completely white. Each of the "flowers" that you can find on its branches are actually mouths that uses to feed. These fans need of a hard substrate, such as rocky walls or flat rock to cling to. At Santa Anna Point (Blanes, Spain) you can start finding them below 12m deep. However at Creus Cape (Cadaqués, Spain), because the water is richer in nutrients, you can see them while snorkeling without having to dive in at all!
When dead, they become a substrate for other organisms to cling to.
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LEVEL OF PROTECTION: no protection status according to the European Council Directive (92/43/EEC).
-Death due to infection of an opportunistic bacteria when water temperature is abnormally high
-Death due to the impact of SCUBA divers' fins and boat's anchors