The Croatian Adriatic is one of the main draws for tourists, especially those coming from the rest of Europe, to the Croatian coast. While history, culture and gastronomy are of course all high on the list, as is the interior and continental part of the country in more recent times, the sparkling Adriatic is usually what seals the deal for the majority of visitors. But just how much do we really know about its inhabitants?
Over the summer, we’ve had various stories and some incredible footage of dolphins, sharks, a variety of sea snakes, jellyfish and slugs – all of which attracted a decent amount of attention, especially ”Moky”, the Mako shark that kept appearing along the Dalmatian coast, from Korcula to Makarska, posing for the cameras as he went.
It seems another creature that we previously didn’t know lived in the Croatian Adriatic has now appeared, and it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale – the beautiful and tiny sea angel.
As Morski writes on the 18th of October, 2019, the miraculous little sea angel (Pneumodermopsis cfr. Paucidens) is a very small swimming snail that we did not know lives in the Croatian Adriatic until this very month, according to a report from Podvodni.hr.
The first sea angel was discovered, followed by entire schools of them, all close to Čiovo. Not much is known about this gorgeous-looking species at all other than the fact that many types of sea angel feed almost exclusively on what are known as ”sea butterflies” and as previously stated, nobody realised that they lived in Croatian waters. Although we have not found them in the Adriatic so far, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they were not there before, noted Podvodni.hr.
Otherwise, sea angels are hermaphrodites can grow up to five centimetres in length.
Watch a video of these fascinating creatures here:
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