The Marine Fauna of the La Maddalena Archipelago

Comprising 62 islands and islets over an area of more than 12,000 hectares, the archipelago of La Maddalena is a unique and delicate marine ecosystem, protected by a special legal and administrative system aimed to preserve its rich biodiversity and exceptional beauty.

The waters of La Maddalena are rich in sealife, including several species of mammals. It is not uncommon, from the boats, to spot specimens of Mediterranean cetaceans such as striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), common dolphins (Delphinus delphis), bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and, more rarely, even sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus).

The rocky seabed and posidonia meadows are home to a variety of creatures, such as snappers, groupers and conger eels – which inhabit the corals and crevices.

On a further note, you may be lucky enough to encounter marine turtles, which find shelter in the archipelago’s waters during the summer season.

The waters of La Maddalena are a real haven for snorkelers and divers, being home to plenty of fish species: breams, bass, groupers, gilt heads and all the most common ones in the Sardinian sea.

Last but not least, some types of cartilaginous fish such as amberjacks and even blue sharks can be spotted in the open sea.

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