Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Potentially Harmful Compass Jellyfish Appear Near Betina

As the tourist season approaches in Dalmatia, the compass jellyfish makes an appearance.

As Morski writes on the 14th of May, 2019, potentially harmful compass jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella) have made an appearance in the sea near Betina, experts warn that if one sees this jellyfish they should give it a very wide berth and make no attempt whatsoever to go near it or touch it as a sting from this animal is very painful.

Chrysaora hysoscella, known as the compass jellyfish, is a species that typically lives in the coastal waters of the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, often appearing along the coast of the United Kingdom, especially in the North sea, Ireland, and as far south as Turkey. It is characterised by a yellow-brown ''cap'' that resembles a compass and it can grow to up to thirty centimetres in diameter, with tentacles reaching up to one metre long. The compass jellyfish has 24 tentacles that are divided into three groups of eight, as was described by the Centre for Invasive Species, which reported that the same had jellyfish appeared near Poreč in Istria last summer.

Although during spring compass jellyfish may occur in slightly larger numbers, a small number of individuals reach sexual maturity and continue to survive until the summer. This type of compass jellyfish belongs to a group of jellyfish which possess their cnidocite on their tentacles and thus, if one comes into contact with it, it can cause painful burns and marks on the skin. 

Compass jellyfish tend to appear in cycles but not each and every year, and their lifespan is one year. They feed on zooplankton, and the natural enemies are sea turtles and the Ocean sunfish (Mola Mola) - a large fish that feeds on them.

The aforementioned centre advises that if you do come across and come into accidental contact with a compass jellyfish while swimming, then you need to cool the burned area with aloe vera or a similar gel which soothes burns.

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Friday, 22 March 2019

New, Lucrative Business Booming on the Adriatic: Business Sailing Races

More and more foreigners from European, but also other, more distan countries, want to organize their business trips on the Adriatic, participating in the business sailing races. Many of them are meant to be team building exercizes for those able and willing to pay top money for such an event, and some are even championships of their landlocked countries!

And we really do mean top money - organisers of such events tell Slobodna Dalmacija that one such sailing race in May on the 14-meter boats costs around 100,000 euros! So, a small apartment in most towns in Croatia spent on a week of fun for 200-250 people, in pre-season, which is about to start.

During high season such events don't really take place, probably because there's just too many people around for those business guests who are willing to pay to see the best of Croatia through sailing.

Mario Malenica, one of the organizers of such events for foreign clients, explains to Slobodna that the business is growing, and there are around 120 organized per year - and his company alone does around 20 of them. There are rules and regulations involved, and you need to have a lot of supporting equipment and staff to be able to succesfully organize such an event and have satisfied clients. There is always an option for meals to be prepared on the boat, or in various ports, whatever the clients want - that can be arragned.

Most clients for the business sailing races are Russians, Slovakians, Czech people and Austrians (they are the ones we mentioned with the national championships!), as well as Australians.

The usual routes for these races include Maslinica on Šolta, Milna on Brač, Palmižana on Hvar, Vis, but more and more of those clients want to get to Korčula in the South and Kremik in the North. What Croatian companies are offering is expanding to whatever the wealthy clients want on the Adriatic before and after the high tourist season.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Noble Pen Shells, Symbol of Mediterranean, are Gravely Endangered

Over 70 years ago a parasite is considered to have contributed to the mass extinction of the seashells (especially oysters) in the Delaware Bay on the United States East Coast, and these days the same parasite is blamed for the extensive damage done to the noble pen shell population in the Mediterranean.
Haplosporidium nelsoni (formerly Minchinia nelsoni), or MSX, which was determined by scientists to be the cause of the mass mortalities in the Delaware Bay in the fifties and sixties was recently discovered in the Mediterranean. The first sighting of the parasite was by the Spanish coast in 2016, and by now it is considered that the noble pen shell is facing extinction in Spain.
The parasite didn't stop there and has since spread throughout the Mediterranean, affecting seashell populations from France to Turkey. Climate change and rising sea temperatures seem to be making the bad situation worse. It is not quite clear yet how the parasite made its way to the Mediterranean, but it's almost certainly happened because of the human actions. The sea temperatures in the regions highly infected by the parasite are much, much higher in the last several years than they were in the past (13 or 14 °C are considered to be average temperatures, and recently as high as 20 degrees were measured at 40 meters deep).
The noble pen shell is truly one of the symbols of Mediterranean sea, and is often considered to be the sign of the underwater health. It's the world's second largest seashell, usually 30–50 cm long, but the largest specimens were found at 120 cm long. It lives just off-shore, and you can see it at a depth of half a meter, up to 60 meters deep. It can live up to 45 years.
Currently, the French population is getting hit hard by the parasite, as are some of the areas off Italian, Turkish, Greek and Cypriot coasts. The parasite has not yet been found in the Adriatic sea, but the population of the noble pen shell in the Croatian part of the Adriatic has been on the steep decline, because of the extensive removal from the bottom in the past, and it's currently against the law to remove them from the bottom if you come across any.
There aren't many strategies to fight the infection of the shells in the Croatian Adriatic, considering the fact that the sea temperature is steadily on the rise here as well, and the experts warn that it's just the matter of time before the parasite finds its way into Adriatic. And, the fate of the noble pen shell is often seen as the warning of a sort for the general health of the seabed itself. So, if you ever come across a noble pen shell while diving or snorkelling in Croatia, consider yourself very lucky, and just say a prayer that they will be there in the future.
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Weather in Croatia: More Massive Waves Recorded!

The weather in Croatia and along the Adriatic can be a little bit, well, all over the place. The calm, deep blue sea is a distant memory on some days as Mother Nature whips up the waves in a way many tourists who are dedicated to visiting only during the summer months have never seen or imagined possible in Croatia. 

We recently reported on the highest waves being recorded since 2004 near Palagruža, Croatia's most remote lighthouse island. We also touched on the story of two surfers who must have had someone watching over them as they somehow managed to survive the wild Adriatic near Umag in Istria, one of them, a Slovenian national, miraculously surviving 24 hours at sea and arriving to call for help at a cafe in Trieste, Italy.

It seems the records just keep being broken by the waves as yet more are recorded during this typically unstable period for the weather in Croatia, the highest wave having been recorded near Sveti Andrija near Dubrovnik.

As Morski writes on the 1st of November, 2018, the Croatian Hydrographic Institute has recorded yet more record waves at their stations in Rovinj, Split, Ploče, and Dubrovnik. The highest, as mentioned, was recorded near the islet of Sv. Andrija, with a peak height of 9.03 metres. While it might appear out of the ordinary at first, such a huge wave being measured near this islet is not that unusual of a phenomenon for the extreme south of Dalmatia. Back in 1988, a wave actually covered the height of the crane that was once place there, once again at an impressive height of eleven metres.

The nine-metre elevated concrete bridges typical of such lighthouse islets were met with waves of exactly that height on several occasions. In one case, according to the testimony of one lighthouse keeper, a boat was lifted up by the sea before being totally destroyed.

These waves are otherwise the highest waves of the last decade, with the Croatian Hydrographic Institute reporting that the maximum wave height measured in Rovinj was eight metres, Split measured a wave of over 3 metres in height, and the station in Dubrovnik (near the islet of Sveti Andrija), the maximum recorded wave height was 9.03 metres.

The aforementioned institute stated that all of this collected and processed data will contribute to increasing the overall degree of safety of navigation in these areas, as well as lead to the creation of updated safety recommendations. This information provides the preconditions for the safe transport of people and goods to the Croatian part of the Adriatic, the management of the sea and underwater resources, and to the defense and the preservation of the environment.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Weather in Croatia: Palagruža Records Highest Waves Since 2004!

The weather in Croatia is typically viewed as sunny, dry and calm, and even impossibly hot by most who visit in the summer months.

But just what happens when bura, jugo, and all other types of Adriatic winds decide to strike the coast? Conditions get suddenly worse, and a once calm, deep blue Adriatic sea becomes like something from the mid-Atlantic Ocean, sometimes even causing damage to the shoreline and to buildings. The sometimes dramatic turn of the weather in Croatia can therefore be a rather strange thing to witness for those who simply assume that because of the country's geographical position, that the warm summer climate is a constant one.

There are many types of winds in Croatia, all have their own sources, come from different directions, and typically occur at different times of year, and of course, we have articles dedicated to three of the main ones, click here, here, and here if you'd like to read more about them.

Palagruža is a location most people visiting the country have never heard of, it is Croatia's most remote lighthouse island, and when the wind blows and the sea becomes stormy, viewing Mother Nature's power from here is quite the experience indeed.

As Morski writes on the 30th of October, 2018, according to data taken from the State Meteorological Institute, at 20:00 last night, conditions on the sea worsened drastically and massive waves with a height of seven metres were recorded, meaning that the waves last night were the highest since back in 2004 according to that measuring station's records.

Palagruža's lighthouse keeper Vojislav Šain told Dalmacija Danas that Palagruža is completely cut off from the world, but that he doesn't particularly care about that because he has naturally become accustomed to living in such isolation on this extremely remote Croatian island.

He continued by saying that the waves were very high, but that it didn't actually rain much, and that storms from the Italian coast were moving ever closer.

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Click here for the original article by Dalmacija Danas

Monday, 15 October 2018

Zlarin Becomes ''Pilot Island'' Without Disposable Plastic

Zlarin aims to put the environment first!

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Marine Life Continues to Pose for Šibenik's Underwater Camera

From fish to eels and loggerhead turtles, Šibenik's underwater camera continues to arouse curiosity among marine life.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Curious Loggerhead Turtle Poses Once Again for Šibenik Underwater Camera

She's back, and as cute as ever.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Does Croatia's ACI Have its Eye on Slovenia's Marina Portorož?

The value of the transaction is estimated at approximately 21 million euro, which allegedly includes 7.5 million euro of debt.

Monday, 6 August 2018

No Tourism Growth in July? Competent Ministry Isn't Concerned

Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli has stated that the main desire is to further stimulate the growth of tourist traffic outside of the summer months through further projects, which will ultimately contribute to increased revenues.

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