7.- As if they were one: from salemas to barracudas

Schools of fish

One of the scenes that is most interesting when doing a dive, is to see a school or a shoal of fish. Sometimes they are enormous shoal of fish and other times a single species swimming synchronised in a school, as if they were an everchanging single organism in constant movement.

There are species that always live in schools and some only group together at certain times of the day or at certain seasons during the year.


7.- As if they were one: from salemas to barracudas

Our recommended dive: La Massa d'or - Cap de Creus

Recommended depth
20-40 m
Maximum depth
60 m
Advanced, espert

The Massa d’Or is the most exposed dive with regards the winds and currents of the Costa Brava. Located to the east of Cap de Creus it is the last section of the Pyrenees which protrudes out of the water. Its surrounding seabed, especially on the north, east and south faces descend abruptly to beyond 60 metres in depth.

Due to the winds and the strong currents of the area, this dive can only be done on the few days that the conditions are conducive to doing a dive and extra safety precautions must always be taken. In addition, it is a deep dive, so it will be necessary to be an advanced or expert diver.

This dive’s route consists of going down directly to the maximum planned depth along the north or south wall of the island and slowly returning passing around the outer face towards the surface, ending the dive on the west side where large schools of fish take refuge.

Massa d’Or is known for the presence of a large number of fish, with many of them forming schools. Moreover, as it is so exposed to the open sea, during the migration period we’ll have the chance to see schools of anchovies and sardines in migration.

In addition to the large number of fish in the Massa d’Or, we’ll find gorgonians and corals, all kinds of predators, the great groupers, spiny lobsters, organisms without any feet or heads and the deep blue sea and the special fish that inhabit it which are so characteristic of the open waters.

Remember that in wall dives exposed to currents it is important to control your buoyancy well so as not to harm any organism on the wall with a kick of your fin.

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