This dive, named for the
rock we encounter when arriving by boat that has the characteristic shape of
a lion's head, is one of the richest in terms of sea life on the entire promontory.
Its depth ranges from 20 to 35 meters, and throughout we can admire huge quantities
of red gorgonian (Paramuricea clavata) and red coral (Corallium rubrum).
also common to find lobsters, conger eels, and moray eels popping their heads
out from the numerous little recesses in the rock. Every so often we remind
each other to look out into the blue to admire the inevitable sea breams. Then
we continue to explore the wall for approximately 100 meters, until we arrive
at point in which it turns 90º. Generally at this point we turn back and
return to the boat at a shallower depth. At a depth of 8 meters, we find a large
grotto containing a fresh water spring that creates an extremely charming halocline.
As we head back toward the buoy, it is fascinating to visit the landslide at
the end of the wall. Here, in front of a spectacular cavity formed by two huge
masses and completely covered with sunset coral (Leptopsammia pruvoti), during
the summer a huge number of groupers gather, many of which are rather large,
and they often approach the divers, much to the delight of still and video photographers
alike. We conclude the dive on this landslide, which is rich with fish of every
Difficulty: intermediate, Seabed: landslide