What you'll see at sea with us
Our incredible boat adventure
Meet the Sea offers family boat trips and private charters on the seas around the beautiful coast of Ibiza. Our objective is to combine a visit to the most beautiful coves and beaches of ibiza with a discovery of our fantastic marine life.
The introduction this summer 2021 of our state-of-the-art subaquatic drone is an Ibiza premiere and a true adventure in marine life. You are able to see with fantastic accuracy and detail the many species and wildlife that inhabit our waters. This is an experience not to be missed by adults and children alike.
Our drone can scour to 100 metres (300 ft) below the surface, where not even divers can go!
Be sure not to miss this great experience for children and adults.
Whether as a part of our family excursion or on a private charter you will enjoy some of our most talked about experiences:
A chance to scour the depths of the sea with our subaquatic drone and see the many secrets and surprises it holds for us..
A fantastic onboard lunch, the chance to discover the wonders of our Ibiza gastronomy, the magic of sunset and cocktails…
We have prepared for all of you a list of the many species we find at sea during our boat trip. Enjoy and learn!
Our subaquatic drone coming to you May 2021!
An ibiza exclusive by Meet the Sea.
MEDITERRANEAN RED SEA STAR
Scientific name: Echinaster sepositus
It has five arms on the underside of which it has several rows of tube feet, which it uses to move around and to hold food. It also has short spines that are covered by the skin. It is found on rocky bottoms and Posidonia meadows. Feeds mostly on sponges and worms.
Curiosities: They have regenerative capacity which allows them to develop a new arm if they lose it.
Scientific name: Paracentrotus lividus
Urchins are found from just below sea level to depths of 20 meters. It occupies deep, round cavities in soft rocks that it enlarges as it grows. It is herbivorous and feeds on algae, which it sometimes covers with to protect itself from intense light.
Curiosities: They move through the rocks at a speed of 1 meter a day to feed and return to their resting point on the rock.
Scientific name: Ophidiaster ophidianus
It is a large starfish that can reach 40cm in width. It always has five arms with very soft and smooth grainy skin. It feeds on small invertebrates although it prefers shellfish. It lives on rocky bottoms with scarce lighting up to 100 meters deep.
Curiosities: This star is protected by international legislation. Its main threat is collection for sale for decorative purposes.
Scientific name: Octopus vulgaris
It has a large head with highly developed eyes and eight arms with two rows of suction cupseach. It is an animal of nocturnal activity, which feeds on small crustaceans, bivalves andfish. To move, he usually crawls along the bottom using his arms, although he can also swim using jet propulsion.
Curiosities: When their arms are cut they have the ability to regenerate. They can change their skin color and texture. To defend themselves they expel ink to confuse their attacker. It is one of the most intelligent animals in the sea.
Scientific name: Sepia officinalis
It lives in sandy bottoms up to 250 meters deep where it can be buried. It feeds on crustaceans and fish, which it hypnotizes with a play of colors from its mantle, subsequently catching them by means of its tentacles. It has an excellent camouflage capacity, and can even change its texture.
Curiosities: They are very intelligent animals who are able to communicate consciously through their pigmentation. They are also capable of sending waves to each other that are invisible to other animals.
FRIED EGG JELLYFISH
Scientific name: Cotylorhiza tuberculata
It is the largest jellyfish in the Mediterranean and its umbrella is flat with a bulge in the center. It has eight arms finishing in bluish and white buttons. It preys on small fish that it captures with its arms and digests them little by little. Its bite is very light and practically harmless.
Curiosities: It is always surrounded by small mackerel and amberjacks that seek her protection.
Scientific name: Thalassoma pavo
We find them on rocky bottoms and posidonia meadows. Females display vertical blue lines on their backs while males have a dark red head with green lines. They both feed on small shellfish and crustaceans and they are fast swimmers due to the frantic movement of their pectoral fins.
Curiosities: As a fish that seeks warm waters, it is becoming more frequently seen due to gradually increasing ocean temperatures.
Scientific name: Posidonia oceánica
It is an aquatic plant with roots, trunk, leaves, flowers and fruit. It is endemic to the Mediterranean and we always find it in well-lit areas up to 80 meters deep. It takes root onthe sand bottoms, fixing it, which is why it is very important in the creation of beaches. Currently the Posidonia meadows are in clear regression due to water pollution, trawling and boat anchoring. It houses up to 400 types of algae and thousands of animal species.
Curiosities: It suffers greatly in polluted waters, so they are indicators of the environmental quality of the water. Historically they have been used to build the roofs of local houses due to their insulating capacity and their ability to prevent the reproduction of bugs.
Scientific name: Pelagia noctiluca
It moves thanks to the contraction of the bell and has eight very stinging tentacles on the upper part that can measure up to 4 metres. It has four short, thick arms and a mouth in the center of the lower part.
Curiosities: At night you can see their shining light that is more intense when disturbed.
Scientific name: Palinurus elephas
It is a crustacean that has many conical spines on its head and is characterized by having a pair of antennae longer than the body. They are nocturnal and live in rocky bottoms between 10 and 70 meters deep. They feed on other crustaceans and are capable of breaking the tough shells of bivalves.
Curiosities: They use their long antennae to scare their enemies and can swim long distances thanks to the powerful musculature of their tail.
Scientific name: Loligo vulgaris
It is a mollusk with a length of between 15 and 30 cm. It has 8 short arms and two extendable catching tentacles. It lives in waters close to the coast, from the surface of the sea up to 100 meters deep. It is a nocturnal predator that feeds on fish and prawns.
Curiosities: It moves by jet propulsion. When it feels in danger it expels ink to confuse its predators and flee.
Scientific name: Dactylopterus volitans
It has an elongated body up to 50 cm in length. It lives on sandy and muddy bottoms up to about 80 meters deep. It feeds on small crustaceans and fish.
Curiosities: When it feels restless or threatened, it spreads its wings and we can observe it in its maximum beauty. Their short flight out of the water can often be seen from the boats.
Scientific name: Scorpaena scrofa
It lives in rocky bottoms between 20 meters and at great depths on muddy sands. It remains motionless in the background and when disturbed it moves fast a short distance and then becomes still. They can change their color in a few minutes and shed their skin more than once a month. They are night predators who await patiently their prey. It is very voracious.
Curiosities: Its spines are connected to poisonous glands, which can cause great pain, inflammation and even fever.
Scientific name: Eriphia verrucosa
Its shell is compact and its body is covered with small filaments, it can reach 10 cm in length. It has two strong claws that make it a great predator. It feeds on other crustaceans, mollusks, worms, and even small fish. It lives in rocks or cavities, usually near the coast or in breakers, never more than 15 m. deep.
Curiosities: It is a crustacean whose activity is greater at night and twilight hours. After brief excursions to territories near his hiding place, he collects his prey and drags them back to his cave.
Scientific name: Sarpa salpa
Their characteristic ten or twelve longitudinal golden stripes distinguish them from the Grey mullet and White sea bream that often accompany them. They are one of the few herbivorous species in our waters and they always move in shoals feeding on the algae found on rocky and sandy bottoms near the coast.
Curiosities: Due to its vegetarian nature it is rarely caught by fishing enthusiasts, since baits of animal origin do not attract this species.
Scientific name: Symphodus roissali
It is a fairly small fish of no more than 15 cm in length that lives in shallow rocks coveredwith algae. It is very frequently found in our coast and feeds on small sea urchins andcrustaceans.
Curiosities: It is a very active and nervous fish that adopts greenish tones when swimming among algae as camouflage.
Scientific name: Auxis thazard thazard
It has an elongated cylinder-shaped body, without scales and can measure up to 68 cm. It is found at depths ranging from the surface to 200 meters near the coast. They usually form large schools to move around. It is a hunting species that feeds mostly on small fish.
Curiosities: It is a close relative of tuna, bonito and mackerel. It is a migratory species. In the summer the adults migrate from Atlantic waters to the Mediterranean Sea, where they lay their eggs.
Scientific name: Actinia equina
They are solitary animals that colonize rocks and coastal crevices and they have a foot that allows them to adhere and move slowly through rocks. It is primarily a nocturnal hunter that feeds on small fish and crustaceans with the help of its stinging tentacles.
Curiosities: Their ability to retract the tentacles and close with seawater allows them to live for periods of time out of the water. They tend to open their tentacles at night.
Scientific name: Seriola dumerili
This voracious predator can measure more than 1 meter and weigh more than 50 kg. During the summer it approaches rocky coasts, while in winter it migrates deeper, between20 and 70 meters. It feeds on small fish such as sardines and damselfish as well as crustaceans.
Curiosities: Its hunting strategy is very interesting: it mixes between groups of salema, and harmless herbivorous fish, to get close to shoals of small fish without causing their flight.
Scientific name: Serranus scriba
It lives in shallow waters of up to 30 meters between rocks and areas of sand and posidonia, although sometimes we can see them inside sponges. They spawn near the shore leaving thee ggs attached to the rocks at the bottom. They are carnivorous fish.
Curiosities: They are a very curious fish who like to stare at the diver and also like to observe octopuses when they move about the bottom of the sea.
Scientific name: Chelon labrosus
It lives near the edges of free waters on rocky soils covered with algae, sometimes very close to the surface of the sea. They can measure up to 60 cm and feed on small invertebrates and algae.
Curiosities: They are of considerable fishing importance, frequently being raised artificially.