The Angel Shark are a critically endangered specie. The Squatina Squatina can regularly be seen in Lanzarote. The Canary Islands are the last known stronghold of this specie. Lanzarote is one of the best islands to see them. The best time of year to dive with angel sharks is during our winter season. November – March. November is mating season and during 2019 we were fortunate to encounter several sightings! During June – September is the best time to stop baby angel sharks. Keep your eyes peeled on the sand, as you don’t want to miss the angel shark – one of the most exciting species to see out of all the marine life in Lanzarote!
Seahorses can generally be found in Lanzarote all year round, the tricky part is finding them! They are great at camouflaging amongst the vegetation and the ropes. Don’t worry though, if they are about our instructors know the best places to look for them! Out of all the marine life in Lanzarote, Rachel loves to use them as a subject for photographing while she is teaching the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Course!
In Lanzarote you can regularly find while diving 3 species of nudibranchs. The Variable seaslug is the easiest to find with their bright yellow. They also are the largest growing up to 13cm in length. The variable seaslug is also the most commonly found, both on sand and rocky bottoms.
The leopard seaslug is the next biggest nudibranch that you can found while diving in Lanzarote. They grow up to 10cm. You are more likely to encounter these in overhangs. They are most commonly found inside the Blue Hole, in the overhangs of the cavern by the peacocks and in the crevices by Waikiki.
Here at Manta Diving Lanzarote we love to dive with the octopus. During day dives you are best looking inside the crevices, tubes and cracks. Look out for the octopuses eye or the suckers, that’s the best way to spot them! At night it’s a lot easier as they tend to be free swimming above the sand.
Lanzarote is known for it’s groupers. For over 20 years we had the famous Felix who lived by the Little Wreck and loved to say hello to divers. Now you can find lots of large groupers near the Little Wreck, Red Coral and House Reef.
Fireworms look like a centipede with their elongated and flattened appearance. Although beautiful with their orange body contrasting their white bristles. That’s where their beauty ends! Be careful around them as the bristles can easily penetrate divers’ skin and are poisonous.